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      Food Bank of Southern Iowa already thinking ahead to Christmas

      Itâ??s back to school time for much of the Heartland and for the Food Bank of Southern Iowa that means itâ??s even more important to have its shelves stocked.

      KTVO reported earlier in the summer on how there is a greater need for donations during summer vacation because families in the Ottumwa Community Schools District do not have access to the backpack lunch program during that time.

      Now more than 400 meals through the backpack lunch program are being handed out at the end of the week, sparing a lot of parents some relief as to whether they will have enough food to get through the weekend.

      Although it still feels like summer, the food bank is already thinking ahead.

      â??Actually on this nice hot day in august we have, we're actually thinking about Christmas time of the year because in October a lot of our agencies start ordering for their Christmas holiday packages. And so come October, they'll start wanting products to put in those baskets,â?? said Neal Abbott, Executive Director of Food Bank of Southern Iowa.

      Abbott said the food bank is especially in need of soups and peanut butter as well as seasonal food items.

      A donation of only $5 can provide up to 40 pounds of food.