Formula Shortage Update from the Departments of Public Health and Human Services

Formula Shortage Update from the Departments of Public Health and Human Services

In Iowa and nationwide, infant formula is in short supply. The Iowa Departments of Public Health and Human Services are working to provide information and resources to Iowans who are impacted by the shortage.

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SNAP Recipients Now Eligible for Head Start

SNAP Recipients Now Eligible for Head Start

The new policy change will allow for more families to be reached and help those receiving SNAP to easily participate in more programs and services that can help ease the burden of looking for local assistance programs.

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Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for ten counties impacted by severe weather, including Benton County.

Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for ten counties impacted by severe weather, including Benton County.

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for ten counties in response to the March 5 severe weather. The governor's proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in Adair, Benton, Decatur, Jasper, Lucas, Madison, Polk, Tama, Warren, and Wayne counties. In response to the governor's proclamation, the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program (IIAGP) and the Iowa Disaster Case Management program(IDCM) have been activated.

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Infant Formula Recall Issued

Infant Formula Recall Issued

Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of powder formulas, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare manufactured in Sturgis, Mich., one of the company’s manufacturing facilities. The recall does not include any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas.

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Kemps taking action to ensure Eastern Iowa families in need have milk

Kemps taking action to ensure Eastern Iowa families in need have milk

Dairy-brand Kemps is stepping up in 2022 to provide much-needed nourishment for families in need with the donation of nearly 800,000 “Giving Cow™” milks. These specially designed, shelf-stable milks are being delivered to Midwestern food banks in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Local retailer Hy-Vee is partnering with Kemps to benefit Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), which will receive more than 30,000 Giving Cow chocolate milks today for distribution across 9 counties in eastern Iowa, including Cedar Rapids.

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Together Early Childhood Iowa and HACAP, Linn County provide $10,000 in cleaning materials for childcare providers as part of ‘Bountiful Consumables’ event

Together Early Childhood Iowa and HACAP, Linn County provide $10,000 in cleaning materials for childcare providers as part of ‘Bountiful Consumables’ event

HACAP’s Paces to Quality program, with funding from Linn County Early Childhood Iowa and support from the HACAP Childcare Nurse Consultant, held a Bountiful Consumables event at the end of November that provided $10,000 in much needed cleaning and paper products such as gloves, disinfectant wipes, and paper towels to Linn County registered/licensed childcare programs as a way to thank childcare providers for their hard work during the pandemic.

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UScellular Visits Dubuque Organization with Donation

UScellular Visits Dubuque Organization with Donation

To celebrate the holiday season and the meaningful value of community, UScellular has made a donation to the HACAP Dubuque County Outreach Center.

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HACAP Food Reservoir Joins Partnership for a Healthier America’s Healthy Hunger Relief Initiative

HACAP Food Reservoir Joins Partnership for a Healthier America’s Healthy Hunger Relief Initiative

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HACAP in Need of Staff to Keep Essential Community Services Running

HACAP in Need of Staff to Keep Essential Community Services Running

The current labor shortage has left community action agency, HACAP, with a total of 35 open positions that span across 9 counties in eastern Iowa threatening the need for essential services to low-income families. Many of the open positions currently available are for teachers within HACAP's early childhood preschool program, Head Start.

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Paces to Quality Awarded Rural Childcare Derecho Recovery Grant to Help Providers

Paces to Quality Awarded Rural Childcare Derecho Recovery Grant to Help Providers

Childcare providers who are located in rural Linn or Benton county and outside of the 52401, 52405, 52302, and 52233 zip codes may be eligible to receive a recovery grant of anywhere between $500-$2,000. Applications are being accepted now through December 2021 or until funds are exhausted.

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