Food banks in need of donations during summer months

The summer months are when food banks typically see a decrease in donations when in reality this should be the time when there is an increase.

The demand stems from not as many free meal programs during the summer months especially now that the Ottumwa Community Outreach Center has shut its doors.

The Food Bank of Southern Iowaâ??s Executive Director Neal Abbott said that pantries tell him that that they are seeing an increase in demand around this time of the year.

â??It's really actually more important to donate during the summer months because school is out and the kids aren't eating the meals at school and so the parents are actually having a hard time feeding their children during the summer than they do during the summer months,â?? said Abbott.

Abbott said the food bank is always in need to tuna, Mac Nâ?? Cheese and peanut butter.

Food donations are always welcome but Abbott said monetary donations go further. If you donate just $5, that will provide the equivalent to around $57 in groceries.