Wapello County Courthouse

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OTTUMWA — Apparently you can have a meeting discussing different topics in less than five minutes — just ask the county supervisors.

The biggest discussion was the contract supervisors have with the food bank. County Supervisor Jerry Parker said the contract will be made official soon, once the food bank fix their typo stating “9,000 for grant period 7/1/2019-6/30/2019.”

“We’ll still provide the $9,000 grant, but we’ll just have to notify them of that change,” Parker said.

Aside from the typo, the supervisors said they anticipate changes to the food contract a year from now. The biggest will be that volunteers and drivers will have to undergo safety and civil rights training before they deliver food.

Supervisors also talked about the progress the food bank has made from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. “They provided 58,170 pounds of food that averaged 4,848 pounds per month,” County Supervisor Brian Morgan said. “This is great progress, and we hope to see it grow more from here.”

Morgan hoped to see their partnership with the food bank grow, especially as food insecurity becomes more common in Wapello County. Parker said this contract can alleviate food insecurity.

“This contract is important because it helps meet the needs of those who may not have a ton of food or know when their next meal will come,” Parker said.

Chiara Romero can be reached at cromero@ottumwacourier.com.

— Chiara Romero can be reached at cromero@ottumwacourier.com.


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