A Southeast Iowa woman is raising awareness of food insecurity, while also trying to win her non-profit a $100,000 prize.
Adie Morrow works for VISTA/AmeriCorps at the Food Bank of Southern Iowa in Ottumwa. She entered an essay into a contest titled "Do More Than You Can" and shortly after found out that her submission is a top 10 finalist.
Morrow wrote about the misconceptions and stigmas attached to hunger and food insecurity.
"We don't really think that it's our neighbor or our co-worker, but when we get right down to it, it is," Morrow said. "Maybe they need help once a month with food, maybe they need help once or twice a year. It just depends on the family."
The Food Bank of Southern Iowa recently found out that they will now have to pick up their commodities in Des Moines and they will no longer be delivered. Among other things, the $100,000 prize could go towards purchasing a new truck to make that change easier and more affordable.
The contest is open until March 14, 2014 and voters can vote once per day. You must be 18 or older to vote. To vote for Adie's essay, click here.