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Economy

Food Deliveries Rise Dramatically for One Agency

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Thanks to COVID-19, Community Action of Eastern Iowa is delivering a lot more food than it used to. 

Executive Director Roger Pavey says prior to the outbreak, his agency delivered food boxes to eight to twelve homes a week, in Scott, Clinton, Muscatine, and Cedar counties.

"When this first broke we saw an increase and we were delivering 400 boxes or so of food per week to households and that quickly has escalated to 700. We think we might be about where it's starting to plateau for us but we're not really sure."

Some of the deliveries are being made by employees from his agency's other programs that are closed now, including home weatherization. And all income guidelines have been waived - he says if you need it, they'll deliver.

And along with more requests for food, more people are asking for diapers too.  

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.