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HACAP to Use Mobile Food Pantry to Fight Hunger

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, or HACAP, is now using a mobile pantry to fight hunger.

This is a pilot program to try to get food to more people here in Eastern Iowa.

The first stop for the pantry will be in Vinton Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30.

HACAP workers are loading the truck with hundreds of pounds of food.

About 10 percent of adults and 17 percent of children in Benton County go hungry.

The agency hopes this mobile pantry will help bring down that number.

“We have several partner agencies that have food pantries in all our seven counties, but there are certain areas that don’t have an established food pantry so we’re able to by bringing the food pantry to them, they can have access to what we provide here at the food reservoir,” said Anissa Bourgeacq of HACAP.

The agency says if Saturday’s event in Vinton is successful, it’ll take the mobile the pantry to other communities in the future.