The Iowa Derecho Storm Resource Center, the headquarters of a community nonprofit also known as "Together We Achieve" is setting a goal to give away 12,000 boxes of free food in 2021. The Resource Center opened and sprung into action after the derecho as a centralized stop for those in need of resources, supplies, food, and more after the August 10 storm, and, after moving multiple times, is in its permanent location, at 1150 27th Ave. SW.

CBS2 said the organization and volunteers were doing their first drive-through giveaway at Hawkeye Downs on Sunday (and not a moment too soon for those in need after the winter weather storm of Saturday).

The specifics of the next giveaway are still unknown, but Raymond Siddell, the President of Together We Achieve said it's likely to happen at the end of February. Their Facebook page will keep you up to date.

Siddell says the goal of 12,000 food boxes in 2021 is their way of lessening the burden on those still struggling after 2020.

The food they gave away from noon-3 at the drive-through event included fresh fruit, juice, and other items that were donated by HACAP, but anyone who can help in the future is encouraged to do so. Those who can are encouraged to make monetary donations to help the effort here, or head to the resource center with items to deliver in person, or to volunteer.

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