Branstad seeks donations to food drive

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is kicking off an annual food drive in Des Moines.

Branstad on Monday announced the start of the Yankee Doodle Drive against hunger, which benefits the Food Bank of Iowa. He asked the public to drop off non-perishable items at area Dahl’s supermarkets, Bank of the West locations or at the State Capitol.

People can also bring donations to the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert on the Capitol grounds on July 3.

The drive lasts through July 4.

Branstad also says he is likely to approve a $1 million allocation to the Food Bank included in a budget bill. He rejected funding the Food Bank last year, but said this year it is a one-time deal that will be matched with private contributions.

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