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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 2016, we surpassed 30 mobile pantries!

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
    November 29, December 27, January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27
  • Belmond (Wright): 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 304 3rd Avenue
    December 27, January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27
  • Chariton (Lucas County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Chariton First United Methodist Church, 923 Roland Ave. 
    January 19, April 20
  • Dallas Center (Dallas): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1204 13th St.
    January 5, March 1, May 4, July 6
  • Eagle Grove (Wright): 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 200 S. Park Avenue
    January 3, April 4, July 11
  • Earlham (Madison): 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Earlham United Methodist Church, 145 NE Sycamore Ave., Earlham, IA 50072
    December 20, February 21, April 18, June 20
  • Emmetsburg (Palo Alto): 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 2801 17th Street, Emmetsburg, IA 50536
    December 8, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8
  • Estherville (Emmet): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at 2608 Central Ave
    December 1, February 2, April 6, June 1
  • Guthrie Center (Guthrie): 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Guthrie Center Fire Hall, 101 State St.
    January 7, March 4, May 6
  • Hartley (O’Brien): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 140 N Fifth Ave E.
    December 21, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 14
  • Indianola (Warren): 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Warren County Administrative Building, 301 N Buxton St.
    December 20, January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20
  • Lacona (Warren): 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the City of Lacona Maintenance Building, 116 S Washington Ave. (alternates with Milo)
    December 8, February 9, April 13, June 8
  • Milo (Warren): 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Milo Community Center, 113 Main St. (alternates with Lacona)
    January 12, March 9, May 11
  • Northwood (Worth County): 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Northwood Community Center, 826 Central Avenue 
    December 6, January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6
  • Odebolt (Sac County): 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Odebolt Community Center, 605 1st Avenue N 
    January 19, August 17 (Other distributions for this mobile pantry route are outside our service area. We've listed them at the bottom of this page.)
  • Panora (Guthrie): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Veterans Auditorium Gymnasium on the main square
    January 5, March 1, May 4, July 6
  • Paullina (O’Brien): 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 103 W. Groesbeck St
    January 16, March 13, May 15
  • Perry (Dallas County): 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Church, 2810 1st Avenue 
    January 7, March 4, May 6
  • Perry (Dallas County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Dallas County Hospital, 610 10th Street
    December 28, February 22, April 26, June 28
  • Pocahontas (Pocahontas): 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at the Pocahontas County Expo Center, 309 NE 1st St. 
    January 25, March 22, May 24
  • Rockwell City (Calhoun): 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at 333 Brower St., Rockwell City, IA, 50579
    January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22
  • Sheffield (Franklin): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Zion St. John Lutheran Church, 422 Sherman St.
    December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15
  • Spencer (Clay County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1910 10th Avenue
    February 7, May 2
  • St. Charles (Madison): 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the St. Charles City Hall, 113 S Lumber St
    December 10, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10
  • Storm Lake (Buena Vista): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Old Bomgaars Building, 1628 North Lake Ave
    November 30, January 25, March 22, May 24
  • Swea City (Kossuth): 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Swea City United Methodist Church, 302 Cedar Ave.
    December 1, January 26, March 23, May 25, July 27
  • Wall Lake (Sac): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Wall Lake Community Center, 209 W 2nd St 
    December 21, February 15, April 19, June 14
  • Waukee (Dallas): 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Rhema Worship Center, 250 4th St.
    December 21, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16
  • Winterset (Madison): 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Winterset First United Methodist Church, 309 E Jefferson St
    November 28, January 23, February 20, March 20, April 24, May 22, June 19
  • Webster City (Hamilton): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 1000 Des Moines St
    December 20, February 21, April 18

 

Odebolt mobile pantry locations outside our service area:

  • November 17: Battle Creek, Fire Station
  • December 15: Holstein, United Methodist Church
  • February 16: Kiron, St. John Lutheran Church
  • March 16: Galva, United Methodist Church
  • April 20: Ida Grove, United Methodist Church
  • May 18: Arthur, Community Building

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