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General Updates

Warehouse closed 10/29/15, 10/30/15

Our warehouse is closed for inventory and will not be open for pickups or produce tickets

Fundraising and Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunity: Building Storage Capacity in Iowa Food Bank Member Agencies

February 9, 2015

The Iowa Food Bank Association, in partnership with Feeding America Food Banks serving Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa Waste Reduction Center, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has announced a grant opportunity for agency partners being served by the following food banks: Food Bank of Iowa, Food Bank of Siouxland, Food Bank of Southern Iowa, HACAP Food Reservoir, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, River Bend Foodbank, and St. Stephen’s Food Bank. This opportunity seeks to build storage capacity within emergency feeding agencies serving Iowa. Grants will be awarded up to but not exceeding $1,000 for the purchase of an ENERGY STAR qualified freezer, refrigerator, or combination unit.

The Iowa Food Bank Association invites qualified food bank agency partners to apply for an Iowa Food Bank Agency Storage Capacity Grant. Criteria for participation and important dates are listed on the coversheet of the attached grant application. Completed applications must be submitted electronically (Microsoft Word or PDF) by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 13, 2015. All applications should be submitted via email to the Iowa Food Bank Association – grants@iowafba.org. Awards will be announced by April 17, 2015.

Additional questions may be directed to Lindsey Haley, IFBA Operations Manager, lhaley@iowafba.org, 515-288-3234.

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Walmart's Holiday Giving Program

We have received the following grant opportunity through Feeding America.

Calling all food pantries, soup kitchens and mobile food delivery programs! Apply to be selected to win a $20,000 grant from Walmart.

This holiday season, Walmart will provide $1.5 million in support of 75 food pantries* across the country, based on votes by the public through its holiday giving campaign.

The application for Walmart’s holiday giving program is now open and will close on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 11:59 pm EDT. The invitation code is jholiday.

Applications will be reviewed by Walmart. Agencies that are selected by Walmart for voting purposes will be uploaded to Walmart’s website, and those that receive the most votes through various online channels will receive a $20,000 grant to support infrastructure and equipment improvements.

For questions about agency eligibility, the project application or submission process, please send an email directly to wmfoundation@wal-mart.com.

*Walmart’s holiday giving program is open to food pantries, soup kitchens, and mobile food delivery services that serve the public and that are operated by 501(c)(3) charities only. The program is not open to food banks. Please note that program eligibility is not limited to agencies affiliated with Feeding America food banks. This program is not administered by Feeding America.

2014 Darden Restaurant Community Grants Program

This is an exciting program that enables each restaurant in the Darden family to strengthen relationships and contribute to the wellbeing of its community by awarding a $1,000 grant to support local nonprofits, whose work aligns to the Darden Foundation’s three community priorities.

Darden is encouraging Feeding America food banks and food bank partner agencies to participate in the program. Click here to learn more about the program and the grant application.

To be considered for a Darden’s Restaurant Community Grant, food banks and partner agencies should visit www.DardenFoundation.com and submit an application between November 15 and December 10, 2013. We also encourage you to touch base with a local Darden restaurant General Manager or Managing Partner to express your interest in participating in Darden’s Restaurant Community Grants program. To find a nearby Darden restaurant, you should visit www.darden.com/locations.

If you have questions not addressed in the materials or answered through a conversation with the local restaurant General Manager or Managing Partner, you are invited to reach out to Darden at dardeninthecommunity@darden.com or (877) 646-5412.

Working Here Fund

Farm Credit Services of America

Through our Working Here Fund, Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) has set aside grant funds for projects and organizations that make a positive, long-term impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming in the areas of:

  • Agriculture Education
  • Young and Beginning Producers 
  • Hunger and Nutrition

Grants of up to $2,000 each are available! To apply and learn more, click here.

Feinstein Challenge – An Annual Campaign to Fight Hunger

The Feinstein Foundation

Founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein, the Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood. Click here to discover how your agency can get involved today.

Shopping Alert

Produce Update Week of November 30-December 4

Bread & Bakery

Apples - boxed

Potatoes - 10lb bags

Regular shopping hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday – 8-11:20 a.m. AND 1-3:20 p.m.
  • Friday – 8-11:20 ONLY. No afternoon hours.

Recall Notice


·  BBoulder Natural Meats, a Denver, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 3,607 pounds of beef, pork, and poultry products 
November 7, 2015

Cloverdale Foods Company, a Mandan, ND, establishment, is recalling approximately 5,208 pounds of beef and pork jalapeño cheddar bratwurst product 
November 7, 2015

Pork Shoulder Blade Boneless Recalled

November 6, 2015

Athens Foods, Inc. Recalls Beef Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
November 6, 2015

Ready Pac Foods, Inc. Recalls Salad Kit Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
November 1, 2015

All American Meats, Inc. Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli 0157:H7 Contamination
November 1, 2015



Pelmen Foods Recalls Beef, Chicken and Pork Products Produced Without Benefit of Import Inspection
October 30, 2015

Joseph Epstein Food Enterprises, Inc. Recalls Gluten-Free Turkey Meatball Products Due to Misbranding
October 30, 2015

Adolf's Meat Products Recalls Assorted Deli Meat Due to Possible Listeria Adulteration
October 26, 2015

Shuler Meats Recalls Turkey Products Packaged Without the Benefit of Inspection
October 22, 2015

Rustico Foods Recalls Packaged Soup Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection
October 22, 2015

Brigham Fish Market is Voluntarily Recalling Canned Seafood Products Because of Possible Health Risk

October 19, 2015

Notice of Voluntary Recall of Certain Martinelli's 8.4 oz. Sparkling Beverages Due to Potential for Glass Fragments

October 15, 2015

Snack Out Loud Foods Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk In Snack Out Loud Sea Salt Crunchy Bean Snacks 1.2oz Single Serve Units

October 6, 2015

General Mills Issues Voluntary Recall Of Cheerios And Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal Produced At Its Lodi, California Location On Certain Dates

October 5, 2015

Aspen Foods Recalls Frozen, Raw, Stuffed & Breaded Chicken Products Due to Possible Salmonella Enteritidis Contamination

October 2, 2015

General Mills Voluntarily Recalls a Limited Quantity of Frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans

October 2, 2015



Salix Animal Health, LLC, Announces Voluntary Recall of One Lot of "Good 'N' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks" Dog Treats Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

September 30, 2015

Royal Frozen Food Recalls Frozen Food Products Produced Without a Fully Implemented HACCP Plan,Containing an Undeclared Allergen, and Missing the Mark of Inspection

September 29, 2015

Karoun Dairies, Inc. Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Various Cheeses Because of Possible HealthRisk

September 16, 2015

Iowa Select Herbs, LLC Issues a Nationwide Recall of Its Products Pursuant to Consent Decree Issued by the Federal Court for the Northern District of Iowa

September 15, 2015

Custom Produce Sales Voluntarily Recalls Fat Boy Brand® and Unlabeled Cucumbers Because of Possible Health Risk

September 11, 2015

The Kraft Heinz Company Expands Voluntary Recall of Wrapped American Slices

September 3, 2015

Kenosha Beef Recalls Pork Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

September 2, 2015

H-E-B Issues A Voluntary Recall On Hill Country Fare One Gallon Spring Water Due To The Possible Presence Of Undeclared Allergen

September 2, 2015

Sincerely Nuts Recalls Raw Macadamia Nuts Because of Possible Health Risk

September 2, 2015