Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank, Mason City
Not a single person is paid at Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City, an organization that serves an astounding 2,000 people in need in the immediate area. According to Carol Clayton, they’ll go through all of the food pictured here in one short month and replenish it with donations and purchased food from the Food Bank of Iowa. “Meat donations are in short supply,” said Carol, “We’re so thankful for the donations, our families can do a lot with a pork loin.”
“Hawkeye Harvest is set up like a grocery store,” explains Carol. “It helps our families feel better while ‘shopping.’ This approach allows our clients to handle food and look at the labels just as if they were shopping in a grocery store.”
The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms donated 25 cases of pork loins (over one and a half tons donated since 2013) to Hawkeye Harvest to help families throughout Cerro Gordo County, a county that has a higher than average percentage of individuals who are food insecure according to the most recent Feeding America study.