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More Food Donations Needed

HIAWATHA, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- This morning a forklift unloaded 1,000 turkeys that will soon become the center point of holiday dinners all around the Cedar Rapids area.

The goal now, for HACAP and organizations like it, is to help b increasing number of families in need with the same amount of food as previous years.

It's that time of year again. When we donate good for others so they can also enjoy a holiday meal.

"Just as a community of human brings, we do have a moral obligation to help others," said the Director at Olivet Neighborhood Mission Jan Thomas.

Hy-Ver is helping the cause by donating 10,000 turkey to ten cities throughout the Midwest.

"That's just a small token of what we do throughout the year but what a great time to do it. It's an easy time of year to want to give turkeys out," said  Store Manager at the Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee Dan Fuller.

With each year, some groups say they need more of those donations. Thomas says the amount of people who need help is only increasing while resources are ring stretched thin.

"We're having to purchase a lot of food, more than we ever have done in the past. That takes dollars and our services are offered for free.

She blames the economy. HACAP Data and Outcomes Analyst David Hagen says after the flood in 2008, the amount of people the organization helped spiked, as you might expect. The issue is that number never came back down, and there's not much to suggest it will.

"We don't see a lot of growth, we don't see a lot of new jobs in the area, at least not good paying jobs. And I think those things kind of factor in," said Hagen.

It all creates more need now for those 10,000 turkey's.

Community groups say it's great to get attention during the holiday season but their work is year-round. Thy say the help they provide allows kids to do better in school and adults to be more successful at work, and hopefully let them improve their situation so that they no longer need assistance.
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