The Exchange, Food Insecurity, Financial Aid, Saturday in the Park

Apr 12, 2018

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 The Exchange 041118

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Welcome to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.

Hunger or food insecurity is an issue in every community in Siouxland.  Yesterday in Storm Lake, representatives from food banks and other organizations gathered at Buena Vista University to talk about the problems of food insecurity and how each group is addressing it.  Regina Hurte is the executive director of the Iowa Food Bank Association. She talked to attendees at the food insecurity summit about how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP works, and the many variables that affect the food program.

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That was Regina Hurte, she is the executive director of the Iowa Food Bank Association.  She spoke at the food insecurity summit held yesterday at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.

Unfortunately, people living without enough food to feed their families is common in Siouxland as well.  In 2017, more than 11 percent of Iowans and Nebraskans in Siouxland experienced food insecurity. Linda Schied is the Executive Director at Food Bank of Siouxland.  Schied says 

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That was Linda Schied, the executive director of the Food Bank of Siouxland.  The food bank’s latest fundraiser is this Saturday.  The Boy Scotts are collecting food at houses where they left a flyer last week.

 Community leaders, farmers, and others are looking forward to the Mid States Community and Economic Development Conference next Thursday at the Delta Hotel in South Sioux City, Nebraska. This conference brings together community leaders from South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa to share experiences and learn new ideas for community development.  Molly Hewitt of the Woodbury County office of the Iowa State Extension Service helped organize the conference.  Hewitt says the conference has something to offer bigger cities and smaller towns.  

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That was Molly Hewitt of the Woodbury County office of the Iowa State University Extension Service.  She talked about the Mid States Community and Economic Development Conference next Thursday at the Delta Hotel in South Sioux City, Nebraska. 

 This time of year as students look forward to going away to college, they also are thinking about how to finance their education. A big part of that is filling out the FAFSA.  

 Jennifer Schroeder is a financial aid expert at Iowa State University.  She explains how FAFSA Application works, and also describes some other opportunities to gain money for college.

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Jennifer Schroeder is a financial aid expert at Iowa State University.  She talked about the FAFSA process for students who are looking forward to starting or continuing their college educations in the upcoming months.

Now we talk with Siouxland Public Media's Steve Smith about the lineup for this year's Saturday in the Park, set for July 7th at Grandview Park.