IOWA — A federal bankruptcy judge has finalized the liquidation of Hostess Brands after the bakers union and the company could not come to an agreement amid a strike. Now, as Hostess closes all its plants, some of the leftover sweet treats are being donated to food pantries.
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank says when a large food manufacturer closes in their area they expect an influx of their products. This time, it’s Hostess treats.
Hostess products by the truckload are going out to local food pantries since the well-known food manufacturer closed its doors in November.
“Our mission is two fold, to reduce food waste and recoup food that’s still perfectly good and get it to people in need,” Food Bank Executive Director Barbara Prather said.
When filling any cart, the first choice for food banks is always nutrient rich fruits, vegetables and meats, but volunteers say the occasional sugary cakes and donuts give their clients a sense of normalcy.
“The breads are definitely appreciated and the sweets because who’s to say someone on a fixed income can’t have a treat as well,” Northeast Iowa Food Bank External Relations Mike Lend said.
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank expects another round of Hostess products soon.
“I really wouldn’t like to see our clients spend money on it, so this is something they might not have and if we can provide it one last time, that’s good,” Lend said.