Lenox Neighborhood Center receives $2,454 grant for food pantry needs

Lisa Tiepelman, director of Lenox Neighborhood Center, with the first check from the Food Bank of Iowa that reimburses them for food purchased.

Lenox Neighborhood Center has received a grant totaling $2,454 through the CARES act from the federal government. The grant will reimburse the food pantry for food they have purchased over the last year as well as future costs in stocking the pantry.
The first grant was for $1,454 and came in March. Lisa Tiepelman, Lenox Neighborhood Center director, turned in receipts for food purchased from April of 2020 to March 15, 2021 and the grant reimbursed the center for those costs. The second grant of $1,000 will come in June and pays for a new shelving unit and a new freezer to keep up with food insecurity needs. That grant runs from March 26, 2021 to June 15, 2021.
“We did need more shelving, so we bought another shelving unit to put in the pantry and we did need another freezer. It will also cover any food expenses we have,” said Lisa. “We were already approved for that amount, too.”
Michelle Book, CEO of the Food Bank of Iowa, said the State of Iowa came to the food bank association. There are six ‘Feeding America’ food banks in Iowa to cover each one of the 99 counties to make sure all Iowans have the nutrition they need to live a healthy life. They wanted to help the partner agencies across Iowa and they had $5 million in CARES act money to spend for that need.

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