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Local Food Banks Look for Ways to Fight Hunger

IOWA CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- When thousands of Hawkeye fans pack into Kinnick stadium, it’s usually just cheer on their team.
But many folks at Saturday's spring practice were there for more than just football.
"We brought some canned goods, some soups, and stuff that everybody can enjoy," said Travis Ponder.
The cans and boxes are all to fill the empty shelves at the food bank at Johnson County's Crisis Center that serves more than 4,000 people a year.
"We see a bigger need every year," said Mike Applegarth, a volunteer for the crisis center.
Food banks across Iowa say they're struggling to keep up with demand, doing everything from trying to drum more donations to asking the governor for his help.
The food bank at HACAP hopes 200 paper plates with hand-written notes about hunger will help pass a bill, giving food banks 2 million dollars in state funding.
"They'll be right on Governor Branstad's desk," said Amanda Pieper, director of the food bank.
The food bank serves more than a million people a year--a number than keeps growing despite a 15 percent drop in donations.
"It breaks my heart,” Pieper said. “We're in the bread basket of America, and we have people going hungry."
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