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BY DI READERS | JANUARY 31, 2014 5:00 AM

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Iowa turns its back on hungry

On Jan. 14, David Roederer, the director of the Iowa Department of Management, told us Iowa will leave food banks out in the cold. We who volunteer at Iowa food banks know growing numbers of senior veterans, young parents, and innocent children are going hungry.

According to Feeding America, a national food-banks coalition, more than 146,000 Iowa children lack access to a healthy diet.

The USDA tells us that the number of Iowans with unmet basic food needs surged to one in eight over the last two years.

Food-program cuts, job scarcity, and rising prices are increasing demands on food banks. Many are now forced to limit the number served. Religious communities and charitable groups do all they can, but we can’t keep up.

We have always been proud when Iowa comes to the aid of disaster victims, here and abroad. We have always been proud of Iowa’s role in feeding our country and a hungry world. Must we hang our heads in shame as our state turns its back on hungry Iowans?

We know Iowa cares deeply about her farms and businesses. We must show, with more than words, that Iowa still cares about her people.

Please, everyone, ask our governor to reconsider.

Dan Daly

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