Food Bank of Iowa has record distribution in June

first_imgDES MOINES — The president and CEO of the Food Bank of Iowa says a record number of meals went out in June.She says in 2016 when she first arrived, they were serving about 800,000 pounds of food each month and this June they had just short of two million pounds served. The organization serves 55 counties in the state.Book says the demand looks to continue in July as the extra $600 in federal unemployment comes to an end. She says those who have had extra unemployment will see those dollars go away and at a time when kids continue to be home from school and away from free meals.“And children are home from college as well and seniors are still shut-in, and we are seeing a bigger demand on our local school pantries and our food pantries,” Book says. Book says they expect things to be challenging as the economies of the state and country continue working out of the pandemic. She says their parent organization Feeding America is telling them to prepare for an increased need two-and-a-half times what they normally would do and through December of 2021 as the economy recovers very slowly.Book encourages anyone who is struggling to call. “If people need help, this is the time to get help,” according to Book. “Don’t wait until you are down to your very last dollar and can’t pay your rent. If you need help — go to our website to find a food pantry nearest you. And our website is www.foodbankiowa.org.” Book says those who are interested in donating can also go to the websites. She says the increased demand for food has put more demand on their vehicles and everything else involved in getting the food out.last_img read more

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TS Karen Forms, Puerto Rico in the Cone

first_imgTropical Storm Karen has formed just north of Venezuela and is expected to take a northward path away from South America toward Puerto Rico.South Florida and the Bahamas are not in the cone of concern. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK———————-At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Karen waslocated near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 61.7 West. Karen ismoving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h) and thisgeneral motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward thenorthwest is forecast to occur on Monday, followed by a turn towardthe north on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Karenwill move away from the Windward Islands later today, and thenacross the eastern Caribbean Sea tonight and Monday. On Tuesday,Karen is expected to approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km),primarily in squalls to the east of the center.The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches). As of 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Storm Karen had sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving west-northwest at 13 mph about 30 miles north of Grenada and 65 miles south-southeast of St. Vincent. Tropical Storm Karen formed Sunday morning and is projected to threaten Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while a yet another tropical wave off the coast of Africa could become a tropical depression as well. WATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islandsand Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra.The government of Antigua and Barbuda has issued a Tropical StormWatch for the British Virgin Islands.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…* Trinidad and Tobago* Grenada and its dependencies* St. Vincent and the GrenadinesA Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* U.S. Virgin Islands* Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra* British Virgin IslandsA Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions areexpected somewhere within the warning area.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions arepossible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor theprogress of Karen.For storm information specific to your area, please monitorproducts issued by your national meteorological service. SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————–LOCATION…12.5N 61.7WABOUT 30 MI…45 KM N OF GRENADAABOUT 65 MI…105 KM SSW OF ST. VINCENTMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1006 MB…29.71 INCHES BULLETINTropical Storm Karen Advisory Number 2NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL1220191100 AM AST Sun Sep 22 2019…KAREN BRINGING GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL TO PORTIONS OFTHE SOUTHERN WINDWARD ISLANDS…last_img read more

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