Holiday meals are given away in eastern Iowa

This isn’t the first time this week that we’ve heard of an Iowa organization helping families in need this holiday season. Five days ago, we learned of the Iowa Giving Crew who have been preparing for weeks to distribute 1,200 Thanksgiving meals across Iowa. Here’s another Iowa organization giving back for the holidays this year.

According to KCRG, the Iowa City-based CommUnity Food Bank plans to provide 1,500 families with all the necessities that would be associated with a holiday meal this holiday season. This fundraiser is part of the Holiday project and groceries will be provided for families to prepare their own homemade holiday meals.

Krystal Kabela is the manager of the CommUnity Food Bank and mentioned in a press release that they don’t need prior registration to receive a meal. According to KCRG, she said

The hope is that eliminating registration will improve Project Holiday’s accessibility and provide meals for more local families. We saw a 36% increase in the number of people receiving groceries this quarter compared to the same period last year due to rising food costs.

What I love about this CommUnity Food Bank project is that it gives families a chance to create memories by making their own meals this holiday season. My family spends time together each year to cook and clean up after the holiday meals. Ever since I was about 10 years old, I’ve been doing the dishes with my dad after every Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Being able to teach your kids how to make their own holiday meals seems like a great way for families to pass time rather than reheating a boxed meal in the microwave. Your son or daughter might find a love for cooking after preparing a holiday meal with the family. Kids can look back and say, “Remember the time we made our own food for Christmas,” and I think that’s very special.

According to KCRG, the meal distribution for Project Holiday will take place on December 12-17. This takes place at the CommUnity Food Pantry in Iowa City. If you would like a meal, volunteer, or want to donate to the CommUnity Food Distribution project, you can visit Built By Community.

You will see this often over the next month and a half, but there is no better time of year to count your blessings and remember that there are many Iowa families less fortunate than you and I. If you can, volunteering to help or donating will go a long way toward helping those less fortunate.

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