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      Volunteers needed for Hunger in America study

      The United Way of Wapello County is looking for volunteers to help with a Hunger in America study to be conducted this spring.

      The study is done nationally every four years, but this is the first time it will be done in our area. The study is a partnership between Feeding America and food banks, kitchens and pantries across the country, and aims to get detailed information about who is in need of food assistance and their circumstances.

      "We use face-to-face client interviews and get information about what issues people are facing, how often they are food insecure, are they getting the services that they need," said Ali Wilson, Volunteer Center Coordinator at the United Way of Wapello County. "And then we use that data to then shape the programming here locally and then also it backs up our advocacy on a national level when we're working on shaping public policy, asking for funding, that sort of thing."

      The United Way is looking for volunteers age 21 and over who will help clients at area food banks fill out a survey online. Volunteers must also be able to attend a training session at the United Way of Wapello County offices at 224 E. Second Street in Ottumwa on April 16.

      If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact Ali at 641-682-1264, or visit the United Way's website by clicking here.