Combat Hunger

November 22, 2019 | Locust Street in downtown Des Moines

We are excited to announce the 2019 date for Combat Hunger!

The largest food drive in the state of Iowa, Star 102.5’s Combat Hunger raised more than 234,173 meals for Iowans in need in 2018. 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! Click here to sign up!

  • Use our Food Drive Toolkit (PDF) to get tips on how to run a successful food drive
  • Gather non-perishable food drive items at your office or school!
  • Donate funds toward the purchase of meals at Food Bank of Iowa: $1 = 4 meals

GO GREEN! Participate in our “Virtual Food Drive” to leverage the Food Bank of Iowa’s bulk purchasing power and reduce the footprint of purchased food.  Create a team to allow for your entire organization to work toward one goal, with a link that can be sent to family, friends, and colleagues. Virtual food drive options range from $7.30 for an emergency food box to $175 to sponsor a child in the BackPack Program for one year.

Join us at the Combat Hunger encampment in downtown Des Moines on November 22, 2019, or drop your food drive off to our Ottumwa Distribution Center, located at 705 W Main St in Ottumwa.

Join this awesome group of Combat Hunger Fighters of 2019! Want your company’s name on this list? Sign up now! These are the schools, businesses, and organizations signed up so far:

10th Street Lofts        

100 Court Avenue Tenants

Accent Tag and Label Inc.      


Active Interest Media Creative Home Group

AGC of Iowa

Aging Resources of Central Iowa

Agri-Business Insurance Services

Ahern Fire Protection

Alliant Energy

All-State Belting, LLC

Allegra Printing 

Andersen Storm Door Division 

Ankeny Centennial High School

Ankeny High School

Apex Systems

Arick Reese Art & Tattoos

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Aspen Aire

Associated Computer Systems

Associated Benefits Corporation

Attivo Trail

Aurora Business Park – R&R Realty

Baker Group


Barker Lemar Companies

Barry Green State Farm

Beaver Creek Ward of Church Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Bondurant-Farrar Anderson Elementary

Bradshaw Law Firm

Brokers Clearing House Ltd

BrownWick Law Firm

Brubaker Elementary

Cadence Academy Preschool on Grand

Camp Dodge

Cardinal Elementary

Carver Elementary School

CDS Global

Central Iowa Psychological Services

Chesnut Sign Co., Inc.


Coldwell Banker

Corteva Agriscience

Creative Center for Young Children

Davis Brown Law Firm

Dee Zee Inc.

DES Employment Group

Des Moines Area Community College – Ankeny

Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Committee

Des Moines Art Center

Des Moines Dental Care P.C.

Des Moines Eye Surgeons

Des Moines Public Schools District Staff

Des Moines University

Dowling Catholic High School

Electrical Engineering & Equipment Company

Electrical Power Products

Embassy Suites Downtown

Express Logistics

Financial Plus Credit Union

Gallagher Benefits Services Inc.

Great Clips (Euclid)

Greater Iowa Credit Union

Growers Edge Financial

Hinke Family Dentistry

Hubbell Realty Company

Indianola High School 

Iowa Realty Beaverdale

Iowa Weight Loss Specialists

Jackson Elementary

Johnston High School

La Petite Academy

Lifeserve Blood Center

Life Time Kids Academy

Mail Services, LLC

McCombs Middle School

Michelle’s School of Dance

National Biscuit Company Flats

National Pork Board

Nationwide Insurance

Nationwide Office Care

North Polk High School

Northwest Elementary, Ankeny Schools

Norwalk High School

Oak Park Elementary

Office Depot Incorporation

O’Halloran International

Olson Chiropractic

Olsson Associates

Orange Leaf

Orchard Place

Ottumwa High School

Perkins Elementary

Pleasant Hill KinderCare

Pokorny Consulting

Power Pollen Accelerated Ag Technologies



Priority Excavating

Price Performance Chiropractic

QA Graphics

Rain and Hail Insurance

ReMax Real Estate Group

Rasmussen Group

Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc.

Siemens Industry, Inc.

Snyder & Associates, Inc.

Southeast Elementary

STEP Central Campus

STEP Des Moines Public Schools

Surgical Care Affiliates

Synergy Center

Synergy Clinical Services of Central Iowa

Syverson Strege

Tension Envelope


TrueNorth Companies

Turner Construction

Union on Lincoln Way

Universal Printing Services

Upper Iowa University

Valley High School

Van Meter Elementary

Waukee High School

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Whitfield & Eddy Law

Wright Elementary


The Walking Fed

More information to come | TBD, March 2020

Zombies should go hungry, but kids shouldn’t. When spring and summer break hit, kids who depend on school-based programs for breakfast and lunch no longer have access to these meals. This is why LAZER 103.3, Jay’s CD & Hobby and Unkl Ruckus’s Smoking Emporium and Skate Shop are proud to present the Walking Fed food drive to benefit Food Bank of Iowa in an effort to help feed the kids and keep their shelves stocked.

In 2019, The Walking Fed Campaign provided over 42,000 meals to children in Iowa! Stay tuned for the release date for The Walking Fed 2020. It would be a grave mistake to miss it!

Staff from LAZER 103.3 present a check to Food Bank of Iowa President & CEO Michelle Book and Vice President of Philanthropy Bergetta Beardsley. The proceeds from The Walking Fed 2019 provided over 42,000 meals to children in 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, 2017 and 2018 seasons were excellent years for strikeouts, resulting in nearly 65,000 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

2018: Ryan Court, 149 strikeouts (2,080 meals)
2017: Seth Frankoff, 119 strikeouts (2,380 meals)
2016: Drew Rucinski, 116 strikeouts (2,320 meals)

Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger

Friday, July 3, 2020, 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. | Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319

The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops is Iowa’s largest single-day concert event! in 2019, Yankee Doodle Pops raised enough food and funds to provide up to 22,000 meals for Iowans! This annual family-friendly and patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display over the downtown Des Moines skyline, and best of all, it’s FREE!  Mark your calendars for Yankee Doodle Pops 2020, taking place Friday, July 3rd.


Attendees can bring picnic baskets or purchase food from an array of vendors at the concert. Spread a picnic blanket or lawn chairs in the shadow of the State Capitol’s golden dome as the Des Moines Symphony performs American classics and patriotic songs to celebrate Independence Day!

Friday July 3rd, 2020
6:30 p.m. prelude performance
8:30 p.m. main concert

Food Drive

Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger would not be complete without a Food Drive. Thank you to the participating Des Moines-area Bank of the West or HyVee locations for joining the Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger.Our most needed items were:

  • 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)

Smoke Out Hunger

Sunday, July 26, 2020 | Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

Save The Date for Smoke Out Hunger 2020!

Smoke out Hunger 2019 was an event for the books. Thank you to all who made it successful! Over 550 attendees came out to enjoy a Sunday of barbecue at Brenton Skating Plaza. Funds raised will help provide up to 270,000 meals for hungry Iowans, and an additional 40,000 pounds (or more than 160,000 servings) of pork was also donated by Smithfield Foods, Inc. as part of this event. Des Moines’ premier BBQ event will return on Sunday, July 26, 2020!

Thank you to our vendors!

Thank you to our musicians!

The New Mexicos

Thank you to these activity providers!


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 contact our Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications, Dylan Lampe at 515-867-2893.

To see more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.