Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

August 27, 2012

Obama staffer at Helping Hands

Steve Woodhouse

Knoxville — An Obama for America staff member had a table set up at Helping Hands Food Pantry this morning. 

Kader Toovi said he was there to register voters. Today is one of the non-profit facility's busiest days, as approximately 8,000 pounds of food were distributed to 350 needy families.

The table was set up inside the door of the facility, operated by the Knoxville Area Ministerial Association. Taped to the side was a sign that read "Rural Iowans for Obama." Democrat campaign materials, as well as a volunteer registration sheet with the Obama-Biden logo were on the table. 

Seated beside Toovi was Cindy Jones, who was registering Helping Hands customers for food stamps. One woman who received a Helping Hands food basket today, claims she was told that if Mitt Romney won the presidential election, he would end the food stamp program. 

Toovi said he was not authorized to talk to the press, without a prior appointment being scheduled with the Obama campaign's communications director. An email has been sent to the Obama campaign to learn more about Tuvi's presence at Helping Hands. 

Chuck Galeazzi with Helping Hands said that he would provide Republicans the opportunity to have a table inside the facility as well, at the next "food day" event. Marion County Republican Chair Irene Blom said she had not been notified of this opportunity before today, when contacted by the Journal-Express. 

We're staying on top of this story and hope to have more for a full report in the Aug. 31 Journal-Express.