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Hunger Dialogue – How Can You Help Your Community?

The Hunger Dialogue is a group of people of all ages that want to make a difference and work towards a HUNGER-FREE community.  Starting in Jefferson County, but looking to spread the wings and look to other counties that need assistance. Hunger is something that many people experience and battle on a daily basis – but do we always see the problem out in the open?  No. Did you know…

13.9% of Jefferson County residents are food insecure

1 in 5 (19.4%) of youth are food insecure

14.6% of households meet poverty criteria

39% of households are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)

49% of elderly residents are ALICE

50% of school age youth are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs

The stats tell a sad story, that we, working together, can help change!  One of the great projects that started with the Hunger Dialogue was the “Come to Supper”  in Jefferson County by Pastor Greg Freidrich of the First Luthern Church. A program that offers a free meal on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, and is now offering a breakfast meal as well.  

If YOU think your community is needing a program like this, reach out and let us know.  We are wanting to extend our reach and help however we are able. The Hunger Dialogue meets every 4th Thursday of the month.  If you want to be included in our meetings, email us at and let us know!

Other programs/projects:

  • Kids Garden (Faith Reeves, Sky Factory, Jay Thompson)
  • Hy-Vee Garden Grant
  • Community Resource  (Kay Kress, Dee Sandquist)
  • Inventory (Margaret Dwyer)
  • Fairfield Public Library Display (Julie Fiske)
  • Seed Saver Library Tour  (Rebecca Johnson)
  • Lord’s Cupboard Tour (Laura Cohen)
  • Little Food Pantry (Barbara Hayes)
  • School lunch fundraisers (Vaju)
  • The World Food Prize: Iowa Hunger Summit presentation