Supervisor’s Office

Johnston Fareway Donates 500 Turkeys to Hunger Free Polk County

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Johnston, IA –Fareway Stores, Inc. provided a donation today of three pallets of turkeys to metro food pantries located in Polk County. The contribution was made to help brighten spirits this holiday season for those that are food insecure.

“We are so proud to work with the Polk County Board of Supervisors to provide this donation in advance of the holiday season,” said Bret Wiltse, Fareway Supervisor. “Their commitment to establish a hunger-free Polk County is outstanding, and we hope this donation will make a positive impact in our community.”

According to Hunger Free Polk County, over 54,000 people are food insecure in Polk County and sixty percent of food recipients reported that their weekly/monthly meal needs are not being met. In addition, one in five children in the county are considered food insecure.

“We greatly appreciate Fareway’s generous donation of 500 turkeys,” said Robert Brownell, Polk County Board of Supervisor. “Meat proteins are often difficult to secure, and they are a highly sought-after part of a nutritious diet, not to mention a key centerpiece during the holiday season.”

The turkeys were donated to the Johnston Partnership, the Urbandale Food Pantry, East High School and Impact Community Action Partnership.

Fareway Stores, Inc. is a Midwest grocery company currently operating 116 store locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Fareway holds family values in the highest regard, demonstrating integrity, fairness and honesty in relationships with customers, employees, vendors and suppliers. Visit for more information.

About the Hunger Free Polk County Initiative: In 2015, Polk County Supervisor John F. Mauro initiated a conversation with key stakeholders that eventually became the Partnership for a Hunger-Free Polk County to address the county’s hunger crisis. Members of the Partnership represent a diverse range of concerned individuals and organizations, including health care providers, religious institutions, universities, senior and community centers, government agencies, food banks and food pantries. To better assess the hunger crisis, the Partnership commissioned a food insecurity study to identify obstacles and barriers for both food providers and recipients as it applies to meeting the needs for emergency food and meals in Polk County. Based on that study, the Partnership developed a plan and will act as a catalyst for change in ensuring residents have access to needed food.




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