Unite2Feed Combo Meal Pack

February 27, 2018 | Meals From the Heartland, 357 Lincoln St., West Des Moines, IA 50265

Food Bank of Iowa, DMARC Food Pantry Network, Meals From the Heartland

Unite2Feed our neighbors in need!

The collaborative Unite2Feed events bring Food Bank of Iowa together with the DMARC Food Pantry Network and Meals from the Heartland to package 10,000 Combo Meals – Meals from the Heartland meals combined with food bank items – to be distributed to food pantries around our service area, including 5,000 for Polk County. We’re so grateful for the support we receive from the Des Moines community and beyond to help spread the word about hunger here in Iowa. This incredible partnership brings together a combo meal pack once per quarter.

Our next UNITE2FEED event will take place February 27, and we need your help!

Get Involved:
Sign up to volunteer in the morning at #Unite2Feed.
Sign up to volunteer in the afternoon at #Unite2Feed.
Donate to the #Unite2Feed project.

This event will be hosted by all three organizations at Food Bank of Iowa (2220 E. 17th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316). We’ll be packaging 10,000 more Combo Meals to be distributed throughout Iowa.

Strike Out Hunger

Throughout the Iowa Cubs baseball season

Iowa Cubs pitchers have extra incentive to strike out batters, thanks to Strike Out Hunger! For every I-Cubs strikeout, 72 Degrees Comfort Company will provide 20 meals to Iowans in need, all throughout the I-Cubs’ season. The 2016 and 2017 seasons were excellent years for strikeouts, resulting in nearly 50,000 meals donated to benefit Iowans in need!

When you’re at Principal Park, be sure to look for graphics on the left field video board and in your player bio packets!

Strike Out Hunger Leading Pitchers

2017: Seth Frankoff, 119 strikeouts (2,380 meals)
2016: Drew Rucinski, 116 strikeouts (2,320 meals)

Smoke Out Hunger 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 12-3 p.m. | Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

Smoke Out Hunger is back for 2018!

Des Moines’ premier BBQ event is back on Sunday, July 29, 2018! Enjoy all the BBQ you can eat from a smoke-tastic lineup of local pitmasters and restaurants (including some unique vegetarian BBQ options!). Pair your BBQ samplings with refreshing craft beers — all at no cost past the ticket price! Round out your Smoke Out Hunger experience with live music, lawn games, and picnic table board games. All proceeds benefit Food Bank of Iowa’s work to end hunger in Iowa! Kids under 12 are free with accompanying adult.

Enjoy Central Iowa’s Best BBQ!

Vendors in 2017 (check back for 2018’s vendor list):

Sip on Refreshing Craft Beer!

Summer calls for cold beer, and there’s nothing better than a great variety of local and national craft beer, all provided by Doll Distributing in 2017. Discover the best beer-BBQ pairings or just enjoy a cold one in the sun!

The following breweries and wineries were on site for special tastings and other activities in 2017. Check back for 2018’s lineup.

Win Tasty BBQ Prizes!

Buy raffle tickets and win awesome BBQ prizes, all while helping to fight hunger! These raffle prizes were available in 2017. Check back for 2018’s prizes.

  • All Expenses Paid Weekend Getaway to Kansas City, the BBQ Capital of the Midwest!
  • Custom-painted Bags Board sets by Alex Andrade, Laura Palmer, and Van Holmgren
  • Pitmaster-hosted backyard BBQ feast
  • Gift cards to Central Iowa BBQ destinations
  • and more!

Show Off Your Bags Skills!

Step onto the grass and show your mettle at our Bags Board station! With a small donation, you can prove your status as the Smoke Out Hunger Bags Champ!


Reach out to us at Food Bank of Iowa with any questions about Smoke Out Hunger or our mission to provide food for Iowa children, families, and seniors to lead full and active lives, strengthening the communities where they live. You can reach our communications manager, Danny Akright, at 515-867-2885 or by email at dakright@foodbankiowa.org.




Meeting the Need—Our Annual Partner Agency Conference

May 16, 2017 | Holiday Inn Merle Hay, Des Moines

Meeting the Need

Our Annual Partner Agency Conference

May 16, 2017 — Holiday Inn Northwest, 4800 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines, IA

The Food Bank of Iowa’s annual Partner Agency Conference brings together more than 100 representatives from our partner agencies and programs to learn from experts and one another. Held each spring in Des Moines, the conference fills a day with breakout sessions, networking opportunities and a keynote speaker.

2017 Conference Presentations


Click on the links below to download Powerpoint presentations or PDFs from 2017 sessions.

General Session: “News from the Food Bank to You”
FY16 Distribution and Partner Benefits; Red2Green history and update; Iowa Hunger Coalition; Renovation Project/Capital Campaign update

Breakout 1

Breakout 2

Keynote Speaker – DiversiMe
Melissa Sturm-Smith, Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Student Success Team Leader, University Climate Assessment for Diversity – Drake University

Breakout 3


Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger

Monday, July 2, 2018, 8:30 p.m. | Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319

Join in one of Iowa’s most patriotic events and help make a difference for our neighbors in need!

Fund Drive

With Food Bank of Iowa, every $1 donated provides 4 meals for Iowans in need. Donate online to multiply your impact!

Food Drive

Visit any Des Moines-area Bank of the West or HyVee location in June and July to contribute food to the Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger! Our most needed items are:

  • Proteins (e.g. canned meat, canned fish)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Dry pasta
  • Breakfast items, including cereal
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Paper and personal products (e.g. toothpaste, soap, toilet paper)


Spread a picnic blanket in the shadow of the State Capitol’s gold dome as the Des Moines Symphony performs American classics and patriotic songs to celebrate Independence Day! The concert kicks off on Monday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m. with a prelude performance, followed by the main event at 8:30 p.m.



Combat Hunger

November 15 & 16, 2017 | Locust Street in downtown Des Moines

The largest food drive in the state of Iowa, Star 102.5’s Combat Hunger raised more than 250,000 meals for Iowans in need in 2017. Join us as we continue to make a difference for Iowans in need!

Star 102.5 started Combat Hunger more than 25 years ago with one mission: help the Food Bank of Iowa provide meals for Iowans in need. Since then, Combat Hunger has provided millions of meals through the downtown encampment and food drives all across Central Iowa.

Get Involved: Start your own Combat Hunger food drive!

Join us at the Combat Hunger encampment in downtown Des Moines on November 16, 2018!

Download a customizable food drive poster to promote your participation!