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‘They need a place, we have land’: Church donates property for major Coralville Community Food Pantry expansion

“All of this could not be happening at a more opportune or critical time,” John Boller said at the groundbreaking ceremony held for the Coralville Community Food Pantry’s new building at the Coralville United Methodist Church on Thursday. Boller, the […]

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After more than a year of pandemic lockdown, Coralville Community Food Pantry reopens its doors to the public

Following a few brief remarks from its executive director, and a round of applause from supporters and volunteers, the Coralville Community Food Pantry reopened its doors to the public on Tuesday afternoon. “This is a really good day,” Executive Director […]

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CommUnity’s annual fundraising banquet for its food bank goes virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic strained the resources of food banks across Iowa, revealing the high level of food insecurity in the state. It has also changed how CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank will hold its annual Hunger Banquet. The banquet, […]

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Urban Dreams community food pantry served more than 160 Cedar Rapids families in its first month

In its first month, a new Cedar Rapids community food pantry has served the needs of more than 160 families. The community pantry, which opened in mid-April, is a project of Urban Dreams, a Des Moines-based nonprofit. Elizabeth Buch, workforce […]

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The Coralville Community Food Pantry offers music, poetry and dance in exchange for support fighting food insecurity

Over the last several years, the food insecurity rate in Johnson County was dropping. According to interactive maps from the organization Feeding America, it went from 13.9 percent in 2016 down to 8.2 percent in 2018 and maintained that in […]

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‘The need is great’: Nonprofits in eastern Iowa work to meet families’ need for fresh food during pandemic

Living in a food desert — a place where there is limited access to healthy and affordable food — is not a new issue in eastern Iowa. But COVID-19 has increased the need for fresh food and has changed how […]

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