Bank Midwest donating $200,000 to area Food Pantries

Thu 5-7-2020 Spirit Lake,IA

(Spirit Lake)-Bank Midwest has announced donations to local food pantries in the region, KUOO's Becky Thoreson has details:

Bank Midwest donating $200,000 to area Food Pantries 

Bank Midwest will be donating $200,000 to area food shelves which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Market President Keith Deitering says, the Bank typically donates to communities every year.  "We typically do a community fund donation about once a year, and it seemed like this year with everything else that's going on,us being in a little different time, it was a time to change it up a little bit and look at a little different way to give out that money and out of that came the donation to the food shelves in the area."

He notes that donations will be going to several pantries around the region.  "We operate in 10 markets and each market had a least one donation made in it.  In the Lakes Area, for instance, we gave to 3 different groups that aid in our communities, the 2 Backpack Programs with the Okoboji and Spirit Lake Schools, and Upper Des Moines sees an increased need in the food side and they also long-term think they'll have more of a need, just monetary assistance as people continue to struggle to get back to work and get things going.  So, I think there's an increased need across the board during this time."

Other pantries to receive donations will include locations in Southern Minnesota, Northwest Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.