Almost One-Third Of Iowa Food Bank’s Stockpile Is ‘Rescued’ Food

Iowa — A new study by the Iowa Food Bank Association finds more than 27 million pounds of food was “rescued” last year by the six Feeding America food banks that serve Iowa.

Annette Hacker, spokeswoman for the Des Moines-based Food Bank of Iowa, says an astounding amount of food is wasted and chucked into landfills daily, so they work with grocery and convenience stores, manufacturers, growers and restaurants to rescue that food and get it to people who need it.

A report from the USDA says up to 40 percent of the US food supply is wasted every year, so Hacker says food banks rely on retail rescue to meet the growing, record need for food assistance.

Hacker says food banks strive to divert perfectly good food from landfills and get it onto dinner tables for Iowans who face food insecurity.

Many Iowans will throw out food just because it’s past the “best by” date on the label, which Hacker says is something that’s largely misunderstood.

Hacker says food banks adhere to very strict guidelines for food handling, temperature, and storage of rescued food. Click here for more information.

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