Hostess Donates Left Over Treats to Local Food Bank

By Jillian Petrus, Reporter

Hostess cakes and snacks are in short supply at a local store after the announcement that Hostess will be going out of business, on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney)

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WATERLOO, Iowa - The Northeast Iowa Food Bank says when a large food manufacture closes in their area they expect an influx of their products. In this case, Hostess.

"I expected to hear from them," said Barbara Prather, the food bank's Executive Director. "I didn't know how long it would take, but they called us right after Thanksgiving."

Hostess sent over boxloads of Zingers, mini donut holes and Wonder Bread. The volunteers have been sending it home with their clients in moderation.

"Our mission is two fold, to reduce food waste and recoup food that's still perfectly good and get it to people in need," said Prather.

When filling any cart, the first choice for food banks is always nutrient rich fruits, veggies and meats, but volunteers say the occasional sugary cakes and donuts give their clients a sense of normalcy as well.

"The breads are definitely appreciated and the sweet's, because who's to say someone on a fixed income can't have a treat as well," said Mike Lind, Director of External Relations.

Northeast Iowa Food Bank expects another round of Hostess products soon, but they have to be careful how much they take in. The food bank also receives donations from Hy-Vee and other local donors.

"I really wouldn't like to see our clients spend money on [sweets]," Prather said. "So this is something they might not have and if we can provide it one last time that's good."

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