- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Three Iowa food pantries are among 75 across the country that will receive $20,000 grants from Walmart to help pay for renovations and new equipment.

The Iowa organizations receiving the grants are the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel, Food at First in Ames and Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City.

The winning pantries were selected by a vote on Walmart’s website over the past two weeks.

The grants will help pay for renovations and purchases such as new refrigerators, ovens, storage units and refrigerated trucks.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says as of last year, 49 million people in the U.S. lived in food-insecure households. Of those people, nearly 16 million are children.


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