Iowa Department of Public Safety
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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
November 20, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DPS to Donate, Pack and Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to All 99 Iowa Counties

DES MOINES, Iowa – On Monday, November 23, 2015, the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS), will package full Thanksgiving meals that will be donated to one family in need in each of Iowa’s 99 counties.  The Iowa DPS recognizes that there are many families in need this holiday season and organized a collection within the Department raising over $5,000.

Fareway Stores, Inc. offered their assistance by gathering a full-sized turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, a five pound bag of potatoes and a pie for each of the 99 families.  The remaining funds will be distributed to 15 food banks around Iowa.

“Our Department serves this entire state through our six divisions and several bureaus.  We are in all 99 counties working on a daily basis. We felt this would be a great way to give back to the communities we live in and serve, especially when they are in need this holiday season,” DPS Commissioner Roxann Ryan said.

Iowa State Patrol Troopers, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Agents and other Iowa Department of Public Safety members will hand deliver the meals to the families, as well as the checks to the food banks that afternoon.

The Department of Public Safety would like to thank Fareway for their assistance in making this project possible.

Interview and video opportunities will be available during the media availability from 8AM – 9AM, Monday, November 23, 2015, at the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa State Patrol Fleet and Supply at 30 NE 48th Place, Des Moines, IA 50313.

Media Contact: Alex Murphy, Public Information Officer, Iowa DPS – Office of the Commissioner – (515) 443-3014.


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