Iowa’s State Auditor has launched a program to help get a meal to those who need it while supporting local businesses. Auditor Rob Sand says the goal is to help support each other through this pandemic and has gone outside of his official capacity to start the program. He’s launched the program with one month of his salary plus $10,000 fundraised.

So, if you are in Iowa and unemployed, self-employed, or on food stamps you qualify. You can help by ordering a meal at your favorite local restaurant affected by closure orders. The program will reimburse you up to $20 when you email your receipt to HelpIowansHelpIowans@gmail.com. As long as there are funds available the program will continue. Look below for specific steps on how to take part in the program.

I’M UNEMPLOYED IN IOWA:
1. Apply for Iowa unemployment or food stamps.
2. Help a local restaurant affected by closure orders by ordering your favorite. Tip nicely.
3. Email to HelpIowansHelpIowans@gmail.com:
a. the confirmation email received after #1 or your SNAP card, and
b. your receipt from #2, and
c. your Venmo or PayPal account.

I’M SELF-EMPLOYED IN IOWA:
1. Help a local restaurant affected by closure orders by ordering your favorite. Tip nicely.
2. Email HelpIowansHelpIowans@gmail.com:
a. your receipt from #1, and
b. one of your business card or EIN certificate or business’s facebook page, and
c. your Venmo or PayPal account.
3. Get $20 into that account, as long as there’s enough donations to support this effort. Check @robsandia on Twitter for donation levels.