Alliant Energy Announces Rural Hunger Initiative


A new initiative will provide $1 million over the next two years to combat hunger across Iowa and Wisconsin.

In partnership with local food banks, the Alliant Energy Foundation announces the Rural Hunger Initiative, a collaborative effort to combat the challenges surrounding food insecurity in rural communities.

“The Rural Hunger Initiative collaboratively determined opportunities with our food bank partners across Iowa and Wisconsin to help solve critical and chronically challenging hurdles in the communities we serve. To create an impact, these new solutions will provide better access, more choice, and fresh food to those in need in rural communities.”  Julie Bauer Executve Director of Alliant Energy

In Iowa, Food Bank of Iowa and HACAP Food Reservoir saw a need for food pantries in schools. The Rural Hunger Initiative supports their work as they create safe and convenient community spaces. In some locations, this support will offer a boost to existing pantries. In others, it will help expand into communities currently without access to food pantries.  

“School pantries support the entire family, providing convenient access in a familiar environment. We know when a child faces hunger, there are almost always family members at home who need help with food. Our goal is to have a pantry in every school district Food Bank of Iowa serves.”  Michelle Book, CEO Food Bank of Iowa

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent 2023 Household Pulse Survey, nearly 11% of adults in Iowa and Wisconsin live in households where there is sometimes or often not enough to eat. Due to ongoing inflation and the remaining impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, rural communities struggle at a higher rate, according to data from Feeding America.

Food Bank of Iowa is focusing its efforts on seven rural counties including Appanoose, Clay, Jefferson, Keokuk, Union, Wapello, and Wayne. One of the achievements includes a new school pantry at the Ottumwa Gateway Center distributed over 47,400 pounds of food, serving 266 individuals on average per month. 

Alliant Energy says The Rural Hunger Initiative in Iowa will continue to develop and expand programming focused on rural schools and veteran pantry options through 2025.  

The initiative is supported by the Alliant Energy Foundation, a philanthropic organization of the Alliant Energy Corporation. The Foundation is operated as a separate entity led by its board of directors. It is funded solely by Alliant Energy stakeholders and seeks to further the corporation’s goals as a good corporate citizen and contributing member of society. 

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