Wellmark Foundation grant
helps Iowans in need gain access to critical services
Grant, chosen from 150 requests, enlists help from food
February 15, 2011
(Des Moines, Iowa) – The Iowa Food
Bank Association will use a two-year, $150,000 grant from
the Wellmark Foundation to help Iowans in need access state-based
human services programs.
The project is a collaborative effort between the Food Bank
Association, working through the Food Bank of Siouxland in
Sioux City, and dozens of community partners across the state.
Helping Iowans without computer access sign up for services
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is available
to many individuals in Iowa, but is not fully utilized due
to lack of knowledge and access. SNAP Mobile Access Points,
however, can bring the internet directly to Iowans.
The project will provide trained staff equipped with internet-accessible
netbooks at food pantries, emergency meal sites and shelters
throughout the state to help eligible clients apply for state
programs via the Online Application for State of Iowa Services
OASIS, operated by the Department of Human Services, provides
an online joint application for numerous state programs, including:
- Cash assistance
- Medical assistance
- Child care assistance
- Well child and prenatal care
- Family planning.
Grant one of only 17 competitively selected
The Wellmark Foundation is a non-profit foundation that seeks
to improve the health of Iowans, South Dakotans, and their
communities. Through its 2010 Healthy Communities Grant Program,
the Foundation received nearly 150 grant requests. This grant
award to the Iowa Food Bank Association represents one of
17 competitively awarded to establish or expand health initiatives
throughout Iowa and South Dakota.
Cumulatively, The Wellmark Foundation is proud to award $1,334,817
to these 17 grants to serve as catalyst funding for local
“Helping those in need apply for critical services
is an important way we can improve Iowans’ health,”
says Matt McGarvey, the Foundation’s director. “The
Iowa Food Bank Association is not only improving access to
food, but also to additional benefits that support the overall
health of their families.”
About Iowa Food Bank Association
The Iowa Food Bank Association (IFBA) is a collaboration of
the eight Feeding America food banks that serve all Iowa’s
99 counties. Together, the food banks serve over 1,000 non-profit
organizations serving ill, infant or needy individuals. These
organizations include food pantries, emergency meal sites,
congregational meal sites, emergency shelters, and other sites
that provide food to clients. As an association, the organization
is coordinating efforts to alleviate hunger by supporting
Feeding America food banks that serve Iowa.
For more information on the Iowa Food Bank Association, contact
Jordan Vernoy, (563) 449-2739 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding the Wellmark Foundation and
its grant programs, visit www.wellmark.com/foundation.