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Mobile Pantries

In March 2013, the Food Bank of Iowa launched our mobile pantry program!

A mobile pantry is a farmer’s market style distribution targeted toward counties with a need for additional pantry service. Mobile pantries provide an additional strategy toward bridging the food assistance gap, specifically in rural counties in our service area, by providing an additional access point for food.

The need for a mobile pantry is based upon the amount of food being distributed by our partners in a county while also taking in to account the total number of partner agencies in a particular area.

The mobile pantry program has two key focus areas:

  • The primary focus is to distribute fresh produce, protein, and non-perishable items to counties in our service area where pantry access does not exist or resources are very limited – particularly to our more rural areas.
  • Second is to spotlight communities where hunger needs are not being met to build awareness of the issue and hopefully lead to more permanent solutions.

Our program began with distribution to four sites: Bedford, Casey, Iowa Falls and Stanhope, with one distribution each quarter. In our second year, we grew to 8 distribution sites. In 2014-15, we will double the number of distribution sites!

Download a Mobile Pantry Program factsheet (PDF)

Start a Mobile Pantry in Your Community

The Food Bank of Iowa is actively seeking new partners to coordinate Mobile Pantries in our service area. We are currently looking for mobile pantry partners in the following counties: Buena Vista, Calhoun, Clay, Dallas, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Guthrie, Hamilton, Humboldt, Kossuth, Lucas, Madison, O'brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Warren, Worth and Wright.

If you are a Food Bank of Iowa Partner Agency or a community organization with interest in hosting a mobile pantry in the future, please contact Trish O'Brien Edwards, program coordinator at 515-564-0330.

Click here to download the Mobile Pantry Operations GUIDELINES

Click here to download the Mobile Pantry Operations AGREEMENT

2016 Mobile Pantry Schedule (NOTE: This schedule is updated throughout the year)

  • Bancroft (Kossuth): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. behind the Bancroft Clinic at 122 W Ramsey St. in the EMS garage
    June 28, July 26
  • Belmond (Wright): 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 304 3rd Avenue
    June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27
  • Chariton (Lucas County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Chariton First United Methodist Church, 923 Roland Ave.
  • Eagle Grove (Wright): 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 200 S. Park Avenue
    July 5
  • Earlham (Madison): 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Earlham United Methodist Church, 145 NE Sycamore Ave., Earlham, IA 50072
    July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18
  • Emmetsburg (Palo Alto): 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 2801 17th Street, Emmetsburg, IA 50536
    June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
  • Estherville (Emmet): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at 2608 Central Ave  
    August 4, October 6, December 1
  • Guthrie Center (Guthrie): 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Old Community Building off Highway 44
    July 9, September 10, November 5
  • Hartley (O’Brien): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 140 N Fifth Ave E.
    June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 21
  • Northwood (Worth County): 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Northwood Community Center, 826 Central Avenue
  • Odebolt (Sac County): 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Odebolt Community Center, 605 1st Avenue N
    June 16
  • Perry (Dallas County): 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Church, 2810 1st Avenue
    July 9, September 10, November 5
  • Perry (Dallas County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Dallas County Hospital, 610 10th Street
    June 29, August 31, October 26, December 28, February 22, April 26
  • Pocahontas (Pocahontas): 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at the Pocahontas County Expo Center, 309 NE 1st St.
    July 20, September 21, November 16
  • Rockwell City (Calhoun): 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at 333 Brower St., Rockwell City, IA, 50579
    June 30
  • Spencer (Clay County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1910 10th Avenue E 
  • August 23, November 15
  • St. Charles (Madison): 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the St. Charles City Hall, 113 S Lumber St
    June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
  • Storm Lake (Buena Vista): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Old Bomgaars Building, 1628 North Lake Ave
    July 27, September 28, November 23
  • Wall Lake (Sac): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Wall Lake Community Center, 209 W 2nd St
    June 15

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