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January 16, 2013

Iowa Food Bank Association coming to Centerville to help with food assistance applications

The organization serves all 99 Iowa counties and assists people in applying for food assistance benefits

CENTERVILLE — The Iowa Food Bank Association will return to Centerville on Friday, Jan. 18 to help individuals learn about and apply for Food Assistance (EBT) benefits as a part of their SNAP Mobile Access Points project.  

SNAP is the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and was formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. In Iowa, SNAP is called the Food Assistance Program.  Benefits are accessed through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

The Online Application for State of Iowa Services is the online joint application for assistance for numerous state programs. Food Assistance is available to many individuals in Iowa, who may not know that they are eligible or who have a difficult time knowing how or where to apply.  A recent change in Food Assistance eligibility may make benefits available to many working or older Iowans who were not eligible in the past.  

If you know anyone who could benefit from extra help in purchasing food, have them contact Cindy Jones at (319) 529-0533 or by email at cjones1@feedingamerica.org  to schedule an appointment for Friday, Jan. 18.   

The Iowa Food Bank Association is a collaborative effort of the eight food banks in Iowa that serve all of its 99 counties. The mission of the Iowa Food Bank Association is to coordinate efforts to alleviate hunger by supporting Feeding America food banks that serve Iowa. Association members include: Food Bank of Iowa, HACAP Food Reservoir, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, River Bend Foodbank, Food Bank for the Heartland, Food Bank of Southern Iowa, Food Bank of Siouxland and St. Stephen’s Food Bank.

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