In Iowa, one in eight adults and one in five children go to bed hungry each night.
How can that happen when we stand on the best agricultural soil in the world? In part, Iowa’s reputation as an outstanding agricultural producer of corn, soybeans, hogs and eggs overshadows the fact that the state has more than 400,000 people who are known as food insecure—they don’t have enough food to eat or don’t have access to nutritious food.
At the same time, Iowa’s agricultural bounty is produced by a very small number of farmers who are increasing in age, while young people find it ever more difficult to begin farming. The rising costs of farmland, equipment, seeds and supplies requires a large investment that’s nearly impossible for a beginning farmer.
The result? Iowa imports more than 90 percent of its food, which makes the cost of food directly related to the cost of fuel. A transportation-based food system is an insecure food system. Our ability to feed ourselves is the foundation of our democracy.
As the world’s population passes seven billion, increasing competition for food and fuel keeps raising the price of importing food. To feed the expected population in 2050, farmers need to increase food production by 70 percent. That’s where Feed Iowa First steps in. We raise wholesome, top-quality, fresh food and deliver it to those in need. We also help beginning farmers get started.