Paul Campaign Collects Nearly 400 Pounds of Food for Iowa Food Bank

The food drive also was a way to spread Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's message that government assistance is unnecessary, said organizers.


The Ron Paul presidential campaign and other volunteers collected nearly 400 pounds of food in a weekend drive in the Des Moines suburbs, said Joel Kurtinitis, a district director for the campaign.

About 25 volunteers delivered 2,000 plastic bags (donated by Hy-Vee) to homes in Clive, Urbandale and West Des Moines over the weekend. On Monday, they collected the bags that had been filled.

"We feel like this is a major success for our district," said Kurtinitis. "Not only did we get a good response from folks willing to donate food, but we also had some good conversations with friends and neighbors and were able to spread Ron Paul's message that families, churches, and communities need to step up so that government can step out. 

"Iowans are generous people, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to work with our own neighborhoods and communities to give to those in need," he said.

Food stuffs from the federal government -- canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, whole grain pasta, etc. -- accounts for about 34 percent of the food that the Food Bank of Iowa distributes, said Carey Miller, executive director of the organization.

"It would be a huge loss," said Miller. "You cannot make that up in donations and we certainly do not have the funds to purchase that product."

Miller said the food bank serves 42 counties in Iowa, working through not-for-profit groups, to feed about 97,000 families a year.

The Des Moines Area Religious Council operates several food pantries. Area churches provide much of the food, volunteers and monetary donations that keep those pantries running.

And although private donations of food and money have increased, it's still not enough to keep up with the demand, according to the Food Bank.

If government were to get out of the business of using food subsidies to feed the hungry "it would  have a significant impact," said Miller.

James Baker November 23, 2011 at 11:37 PM
According to Rand Paul there are tons of duplicate programs in Washington on this subject. His idea was to reduce that down to a necessary minimum and not to discard them all completely. I think Ron would agree with that process too. But the big thing is if the society is freer in personal choice and economic choice, it will become more prosperous as it is allowed to thrive, so therefore less people would be in need of such charity and then the communities would be able handle the much reduced burden. But you have to look at it long term, and not short term like so many people tend to do.
Rework Oh Ryan November 23, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Completely agree with this
Joseph Emerson Brown November 24, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Great job, Ron Paul 2012 campaign and people who donated! The executive director, who said "It would be a huge loss," if the federal government didn't provide 1/3 of their foodstuffs, and that "You cannot make that up in donations and we certainly do not have the funds to purchase that product" is wrong. If people weren't looted to pay for endless war, and if the Fed didn't print money endlessly, making the dollar lose value (hurting the poor most), 99% of people would be able to afford their own food. As @JeremySapienza tweeted earlier today, "Ron Paul wants, but never would be able to, repeal the welfare state that shackles the poor to the state. Better to have a war pig as prez." and "We CAN feed and educate and clothe and house the small % of ppl who can't do so for themselves. We CANNOT make the government stop the wars." and "This is why even if Ron Paul COULD gut the welfare state - he cannot - he is preferable to ANY prowar president EVEN IF YOU ARE A SOCIALIST."
windwardtack November 24, 2011 at 12:25 AM
If you want to help people who need food, and want the most benefit for your money, would you give it to the food bank, or to the government? Private charity is better.
Jeff65 November 24, 2011 at 04:17 AM
The problem with the government giving to the Food Bank is that they have to force someone else to give it to them first. This causes more poverty, which means they have to take more money to give even more. And so things spiral downwards. Get out of the way of the people and there will be prosperity and enough people giving from their hearts rather than have the money taken through extorsion.
Lucinda Poe November 24, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Now if only you could do a drive to donate 400 lbs. of medicine and some doctors to people like me. I'll probably end up in the emergency room here in a little while for Thanksgiving, because I can't find a job and thus can't afford asthma medicine. I am sitting here wheezing and gasping for air, not able to breathe, and not a daggum thing I can do about it.
Robert Fallin November 25, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Lucinda, google "asthma" and "chiropractic" and you will find that chiropractic adjustments might be just what you need for your asthma. My chiropractor frequently offers new patients free first examination, X-rays and first adjustment. Also, I don't know where you live, but many places have free clinics. Finally, I hope are aware our lovely FDA is banning over-the-counter inhalers for asthma, forcing uninsured people like you to get an office visit and an expensive prescription just to get relief. BTW, you might also be able to barter some work at a chiropractor's office or free clinic in exchange for treatment or sample asthma medication.
Lucinda Poe November 25, 2011 at 01:21 PM
It's not chiropractic. And with all due respect I think that's the oddest thing I've ever heard. Asthma is the swelling of the tissues of the airways due to the body's immune system (IgE's specifically) overreacting to allergens, nothing to do with bones. I actually have Samptor's Triad, a form of asthma that comes with nasal polyps and an allergy to asprin. I need an immunomodulator. I was on Xolair (Omalizumab injections - it reduces the body's overproduction of IgE) for a year and a half was like a normal person. I didn't need anything else for my asthma -or- allergies, including a rescue inhaler. But then I lost my insurance and couldn't afford it anymore ($800 a shot out of pocket and I need 2 of them a month). So the 2nd runner up is inhaled steroids. Advair works the most effectively but I can't afford $240 a month. I also know the new HFA inhalers are both ineffective at administering doses that reach the lungs compared to the old CFC inhalers but CFCs depleting ozone was a great excuse for pharmaceutical companies to reformulate their inhalers so they could repatent it for another 10 years and charge $80 for albuterol instead of the $30 I was paying a few years ago for a CFC inhaler. There's one free clinic in my city and one sliding-scale clinic and both are so overwhelmed that I can't get in to see a doctor there. And if I could find a job at all, I wouldn't be in this situation to begin with!
Kayla threatt November 26, 2011 at 04:48 AM
Chiroprators can help with anything. Just getting a certain treatment can help you asthma. That is what she was trying to tell you. Look it up and you will see how the two are related. Chiropractic treament can help with almost any ailment
Lucinda Poe November 26, 2011 at 09:21 AM
This is exactly why nobody takes chiropractice seriously. It deals exclusively to disorders of the musculoskeletal system, but chiropractors aren't happy with their niche in alternative medicine and make ridiculous claims like these. Chiropractice canNOT lower raised IgE levels or generate a steroidal anti-inflammatory effect on respiratory tissues from the musculoskeletal system on a person with moderate to severe asthma. Anyone with even a baseline understanding of the human body is not going to be taken in by such claims. And also this isn't the place for such tripe so please take it elsewhere.
Rick November 27, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Limited Government + Constitution = Liberty! "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." -Thomas Jefferson First, get the fat cats and banksters arrested and trailed as criminals! Second, get the corporate-theives out of congress. Third, vote out, if necessary, members that do not agree with the nation and the corrupt. Forth, unite the people, end the corporate media Fifth, rewrite the constitution, make it law that everyone obeys it! Sixth, peace!
Kathleen Snyder December 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM
With all due respect, open your eyes to holistic treatment. Just a month ago I had a bad chest cold and after having a chiropractic adjustment, my cough instantly went from dry, to loose and I was able to finally breathe better and the phlegm came up. Also many years ago I was diagnosed by western doc with an unusual type of asthma that stemmed from a virus. The doctor prescribed me meds and inhalers. Nothing was improving. Finally, I went to an acupuncturist and within 30 days I was off all meds and never had to go back to the asthma specialist. I've been using holistic methods for years and do not take any OTC drugs or prescription meds. Chiropractic heals the entire mind and body, but if you are not open to trying something new, continue to complain about being sick. Most holistic doctors will work with you on payments, payment scales and there are even free or community clinics. Also most of the really good practitioners do NOT accept health insurance. There are also many books on the subject of lung meridians and if you google it, you find 1000s of articles on the subject.
tom December 29, 2011 at 07:02 PM
My experience with food banks is that they have nearly no way of knowing who is and isn't "needy." "It's not enough to keep up with the DEMAND, according to one food stamp staffer. God alone knows who is truly needy, and I believe that food bankers offend Him when they ENABLE the greedy, and claim there is hunger in America! We need to spend our God given time thanking Him for His goodness in providing abundant food for this blessed nation. Thank you, LORD!!!


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