BELLE PLAINE, Iowa (KWWL) - The community of Belle Plaine in Benton County still has no power or phone service after being hit hard by Monday's storm and a big concern is providing food for residents.
The Salvation Army and American Red Cross have come together with the community to give food to those who need it after the derecho.
“Were just trying to make sure everyone just has at least one good meal a day,” coordinator Reverend Kate West said.
The Belle Plaine community center is serving as a fixed meal location and is one of the only places in town where people can get a meal and cool off.
Volunteers are handing out sandwiches, fruit, chips and Drinks to anyone who walks through the door. Internet and charging stations are also available at the community center.
“We’re sending volunteers out right now to help some of our older people who maybe aren’t a part of our senior meals or can’t get out so we’re delivering to them,” Belle Plaine Mayor Fish said.
Volunteers and donations are coming into the community center from all over eastern Iowa to help.
“We’ve had people come in and they pick up a sack lunch and hand us 20 dollars and say ‘for whatever else you need,” West said.
The center has been serving anywhere from 500 to 700 meals a day since it opened on Tuesday.