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Community leaders in Siouxland brainstorm ways to combat hunger

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SIOUX CITY, IA (KTIV) - Hunger is a nationwide problem and a recent survey released by AARP found most Iowans are aware of the issue and they want to do more to help. Thirty-four percent of the people surveyed considered hunger as a "very important issue" and 47-percent considered it a "somewhat important issue."

AARP and Food Bank of Siouxland talked about these particular survey findings with a group of leaders from the Siouxland community including organizations like the Gospel Mission, the Community Action Agency of Siouxland, and Tyson Foods.

Food Bank of Siouxland Executive Director Linda Scheid said more 400,000 Iowans are at risk for hunger, but finding out that others in the state want to do their part to make a difference is great news.

The group brainstormed ways they could better address hunger and help get others involved in our area.

"We can fix it. Hunger is a big problem. It's a hard problem, but it's a solvable problem, and that's exciting. There's hope," Scheid said.

Scheid said the private sector working with the public sector is a key way to solve the issue.

Survey findings showed that Iowans agree that it will take a collaborative effort.

And, AARP representatives said hunger needs to be addressed, especially when it comes to seniors, because it leads to other issues.

"Food insecurity for seniors, unless we address that, it leads to other issues of isolation, chronic health problems become worsened if people don't have access to quality food," AARP State Director in Iowa Kent Sovern said.

AARP said they've come up with some solutions to combat food insecurity.

The organization will be sending counselors out in to communities to help people enroll in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

There are ways you can help on the Iowa food drive website.

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