WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – When winter weather happens, some places find it best just to not open and employees work from home that day. At the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, that really isn't an option for them.
Barb Prather, Executive Director, said people need fed regardless of the weather so it takes a lot to force them to close their doors.
"There are times that we do open but don't send our trucks out on the road because we want to keep our drivers safe. Last year during the polar vortex, we closed because everyone else was closed,” she said.
She said they try and stay a couple days ahead on deliveries to food pantries that rely on them so they can delay that delivery due to weather if need be. This makes sure pantries have enough food and no one goes hungry.
Prather added sometimes she and other staff will be there, but leaves it up to the volunteers to decide whether or not they can make it in. The final decision on deciding to open that day or not comes down to the safety of the people they serve.