Food Insecurity Prevalent in Iowa

Michelle Book, Food Bank of Iowa president and CEO, poses with a seed sign for the farm of Willard Hostetler. Growing up on a nearby farm in Greene County, Book walked beans for Hostetler beginning when she was 11 years old.

By Susan Thompson

All across Iowa, farmers grow crops and animals that end up as food consumed by humans. Our state has often been described as “the land of plenty” for this very reason. And yet one in eight Iowans and one in five Iowa children are impacted by food insecurity.

Food insecurity means a lack of access to enough food to lead a healthy, active life. There are more than 42 million people in the United States who struggle with hunger, including nearly 385,000 Iowans.

LPA General Manager Provides Updates, Answers Questions

By Susan Thompson

Two topics drew the most attention at a “Coffee with the GM” session March 9 — 2018 property assessment notices from the Guthrie County Assessor, and upgrades needed at the LPA water plant.

About 45 people attended the meeting at the Lake Panorama National conference center, where John Rutledge, LPA general manager, provided updates and responded to audience questions.

LPA Membership Survey Results

By Susan Thompson

A total of 503 Lake Panorama Association members responded to an online survey last November and December. In all, 92 percent of respondents finished all questions of the survey. The average time spent on the survey was 7 minutes, 44 seconds.

Ninety percent of respondents said they own a home at Lake Panorama, with the other 10 percent owning just a lot. Of those who own a home, 52 percent said they are full-time residents, with 27 saying they are seasonal residents, 13 percent saying occasional resident and eight percent are non-resident.