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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
    August 30, September 27, October 25, November 29, December 27
  • Belmond (Wright): 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 304 3rd Avenue
    August 23, September 27, November 29
  • Chariton (Lucas County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Chariton First United Methodist Church, 923 Roland Ave. 
    October 20, January 19, April 20
  • Dallas Center (Dallas): coming soon
  • Eagle Grove (Wright): 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 200 S. Park Avenue
    Dates coming soon
  • Earlham (Madison): 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Earlham United Methodist Church, 145 NE Sycamore Ave., Earlham, IA 50072
    August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20
  • Emmetsburg (Palo Alto): 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 2801 17th Street, Emmetsburg, IA 50536
    September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
  • Estherville (Emmet): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at 2608 Central Ave
    October 6, December 1
  • Guthrie Center (Guthrie): 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Guthrie Center Fire Hall, 101 State St.
    September 10, November 5
  • Hartley (O’Brien): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 140 N Fifth Ave E.
    August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 21
  • Indianola (Warren): 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Warren County Administrative Building, 301 N Buxton St.
    August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20
  • Lacona (Warren): 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the City of Lacona Maintenance Building, 116 S Washington Ave. (alternates with Milo)
    October 13, December 8, February 9, April 13
  • Milo (Warren): 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Milo Community Center, 113 Main St. (alternates with Lacona)
    September 8, November 10, January 12, March 9
  • Northwood (Worth County): 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Northwood Community Center, 826 Central Avenue 
    September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6
  • Odebolt (Sac County): 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Odebolt Community Center, 605 1st Avenue N 
    January 19, August 17
  • Panora (Guthrie): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Veterans Auditorium Gymnasium on the main square
    September 1, November 3, January 5, March 2
  • Paullina (O’Brien): 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 103 W. Groesbeck St
    September 19, November 21
  • Perry (Dallas County): 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Church, 2810 1st Avenue 
    September 10, November 5
  • Perry (Dallas County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Dallas County Hospital, 610 10th Street
    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. 
    September 21, November 16
  • Rockwell City (Calhoun): 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at 333 Brower St., Rockwell City, IA, 50579
    August 25, September 22, October 27
  • Sheffield (Franklin): coming soon!
  • Spencer (Clay County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1910 10th Avenue
    August 23, November 15
  • St. Charles (Madison): 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the St. Charles City Hall, 113 S Lumber St
    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
    September 28, November 23
  • Wall Lake (Sac): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Wall Lake Community Center, 209 W 2nd St 
    August 17, October 19, December 21
  • Winterset (Madison): 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Winterset First United Methodist Church, 309 E Jefferson St
    August 22, September 26, October 24, November 28
  • Webster City (Hamilton): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 1000 Des Moines St
    August 16, October 18, December 20, February 21, April 18
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