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Secretary Mike Naig announces ‘Pack the Pantry’ program amid pandemic


IOWA (KWWL) -- On Monday, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced a new program to help feed Iowa families during the pandemic.

'Pack the Pantry' allows food pantries to apply for grants to increase their refrigeration capacity, which in turn helps them offer more perishable, locally-grown foods.

“In Iowa, we have seen our producers, business owners, and families step up to help those in need,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Today’s announcement is a great next step to address food insecurity. The 'Pack the Pantry' grant program will provide our food pantries with the tools they need to help even more Iowans have access to nutritious food.”

The program will be funded by the CARES Act.

Iowa Egg Council is also contributing resources.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will award local food pantries up to $10,00 to install refrigeration and cooler units.

“Food pantries are the first, local line of defense against hunger in communities across Iowa. More refrigeration at food pantries means more Iowa eggs, dairy, produce and meat can get on plates where it’s needed most. I’m grateful that our farmers can be part of that solution,” said Secretary Naig.

To apply, pantry directors should fill out the application found here. The application will be open until July 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m./CT.

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