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Compeer’s COVID Relief Effort Battles Food Insecurity

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In 2019, the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America gave 25 different gifts, totaling $195,875, to food insecurity efforts. These gives resulted in more than 1.2 million meals to help people facing food insecurity.

This work is done through partnerships with food banks, pantries, and other organizations that work to elevate food insecurity.

The Fund Board of Trustees and Compeer Financial believe healthy and nutritious food is how consumers can connect with farmers. As our clients contribute to the world’s food supply, ensuring no one goes without food is an important part of vibrant rural communities.

One of the ways Compeer honors this commitment is by supporting mobile food pantries in some communities. These pantries are set up in locations that may lack a local pantry. More and more food banks are adopting the mobile food pantry model to serve areas with need and a lack of access to food.
Work combating food insecurity is more important than ever as our rural communities continue to feel the impact of the pandemic.

As part of the Fund’s COVID Relief Efforts, $26,000 was donated to food banks across our 144-county territory to help with the increased needs resulting from the pandemic.

Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, says the number of people facing food insecurity will increase.  Nationally, more than 54 million people, including 18 million children, may experience food insecurity because of COVID-19.

For Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, the food insecurity rate is expected to increase to between 13.1% and 15.1%, depending on the state.

For 2020, the Fund continues to utilize partnerships to help efforts combating food insecurity. This work is done through 14 different food banks, and hundreds of food pantries and shelves.

For more information on Compeer’s support of local food banks visit our latest edition of Cultivate.
 
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