FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2020
Bergetta Beardsley, Food Bank of Iowa
Betsy Shelton, Volunteer Iowa
Food Bank of Iowa Receives National Service Enterprise Certification
DES MOINES, Iowa – Food Bank of Iowa has been recognized as a certified Service Enterprise Initiative organization. A Service Enterprise organization fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. Less than 15 percent of organizations nationwide can be characterized as Service Enterprises.
“At Food Bank of Iowa, volunteers make it possible to feed thousands of Iowans through our partner agencies, including food pantries, schools, meal sites, daycares and shelters,” said Michelle Book, president and CEO of Food Bank of Iowa. “We are so grateful to be a certified Service Enterprise Initiative organization as we continue to feed food insecure Iowans throughout the 55 counties we serve.”
To be designated as a Service Enterprise, organization staff, board members and volunteers must participate in the research-based assessment, training and consulting. This process allows the organization to leverage the skills and expertise of volunteers at all levels. The designation, awarded by Points of Light, strengthens the capacity of nonprofits to better address community needs with the skill sets and talents of volunteers.
The initiative is currently delivered through Volunteer Iowa, part of a national network of Service Enterprise Hubs, which has certified more than 400 organizations across the country since 2012. Food Bank of Iowa joins over 40 organizations across Iowa that have received the Service Enterprise certification.
To learn more about Service Enterprise visit volunteeriowa.org/SEI. Organizations and agencies that are interested in becoming a Service Enterprise can contact Michelle Raymer, Volunteer Iowa Program Officer, at email@example.com or 515-348-6235.
About Food Bank of Iowa
In 2020 fiscal year alone, Food Bank of Iowa provided more than 19 million pounds of food to help food insecure Iowans in 55 counties. Through key relationships with corporations, the Department of Agriculture and Feeding America, Food Bank of Iowa sources free and reduced-cost nutritious food, including meat and produce. The Food Bank keeps the food safe and delivers it to more than 600 community partner agencies — including schools, pantries, shelters, daycares and halfway homes — who distribute the food to seniors, children, veterans and hardworking parents who need food assistance across the organization’s 30,000 square mile service area.
To learn more, visit www.foodbankiowa.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/foodbankiowa.
About Volunteer Iowa
Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.
About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year – we put people at the center of change. For more information, go to pointsoflight.org.