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State Funding For Food Banks Uncertain

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Iowa food banks are also dealing with some budget cut issues.

Governor Terry Branstad left food bank funding out of this year's state budget proposal.

For folks at the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program or HACAP, every donation counts.

When the governor gave one million to the state's food bank system in 2013, they received 100 -thousand from that amount and matched it. It's assistance that's gone a long way.

"We've been able to purchase a lot more food that we've ever been able to do before. Trying to stay up with the need that is obviously increasing, said Amanda Pieper, Director of Food Reservoir.

Amanda Pieper says this last fiscal year was the first time ever that food banks received funding from the state, she says it was partly because of a campaign.

They ran showing hunger was indeed a problem in the state.

"We would like that do that again and we do have something planned for April but right now we really just need that push, said Pieper.

That's because other partner agencies like the Crisis Center of Johnson County get a large amount of their food supply from HACAP.

"We receive some food for free and some food we purchase at a very very low price, said Beth Ritter Ruback, of the Crisis Center of Johnson County.

While Beth Ritter Ruback says they don't expect to cut back yet she's hoping more funds will be made available soon.

"The idea that we can save money by not funding some of these programs means that we have people in our community who might be our neighbors who might not have enough to eat, said Ritter Ruback.

In the meantime, HACAP says they don't have a plan yet on what they'll do if funding doesn't isn't allocated, but they're hoping the community will help out when the time comes.
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