The Walking Fed

More information to come | March 14, 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!

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.




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)

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)

Combat Hunger

Stay tuned for details to come about our 2020 Combat Hunger date! | Locust Street in downtown Des Moines

The largest food drive in the state of Iowa, Star 102.5’s Combat Hunger raised more than 232,287 meals for Iowans in need in 2019. 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! 

  • 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.


Click here to find out who participated in Combat Hunger 2019!


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