Smoke Out Hunger

July 25, 2021 | Cowles Commons | 221 Walnut St, Des Moines | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Make plans today to join us for the 6th Annual Smoke Out Hunger. This family friendly Sunday afternoon event builds awareness for food insecurity, while raising funds to help Iowans struggling to make ends meet. Bring your family and help another family in need. Thank you, Nationwide, for being the Presenting Sponsor for Smoke Out Hunger!

Enjoy all the BBQ you can eat from a smoke-tastic lineup of local pitmasters and restaurants (including a vegetarian BBQ option). 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, kid’s activities, and games. All proceeds benefit Food Bank of Iowa’s work to end hunger in Iowa. Tickets for individuals under 21 have a reduced ticket price, and kids 5 and under are free.



Drink Vendors

We will also be providing entertainment such as live music and balloon art.




Drive Away Childhood Hunger

September 14, 2021 | Talons of Tuscany, 1525 NE 36th Street, Ankeny, IA

Food Bank of Iowa’s mission is to provide food for Iowa children, families and seniors to lead full and active lives, strengthening the communities where they live. You can help us towards our mission by joining us for Drive Away Childhood Hunger at the private Talons of Tuscany Golf Course in Ankeny, Iowa.

Drive Away Childhood Hunger will raise funds to aid our childhood hunger programs. The event’s centerpiece is a round of golf on this 19-hole course at the beautiful Talons of Tuscany. The day will also include lunch, on course activities, and prize auction.

Sponsorships are now available. Download our sponsor packet or purchase a sponsorship online.



For more information or to secure your sponsorship, contact Emma Runde, Annual Giving and Marketing Manager, by e-mail or 515-867-2881.

Drive Away Childhood Hunger Sponsors




Combat Hunger

TBD 2021

Join us for Star 102.5’s Combat Hunger to help Food Bank of Iowa provide meals for Iowans in need. While this event traditionally hosts a large food drive, in the interest of people’s health and safety, we went virtual in 2020!* We are excited to announce that Star 102.5’s Combat Hunger provided up to 352,356 meals in 2020! 

Because of YOU, our virtual “30 Goals for 30 Years” campaign page for Combat Hunger met all goals! Leverage the Food Bank of Iowa’s bulk-purchasing power and see your impact grow as a team. It’s easy to sign up and send the link out to your crew.

Get Involved: Start your own Combat Hunger food drive! 

  • View our Combat Hunger 2020 Tool-Kit to get tips on how to run a successful virtual food drive
  • Donate funds toward the purchase of meals at Food Bank of Iowa: $1 = 4 meals 
*In an effort to prioritize the health and safety of volunteers, staff and participants, we are unable to pick up physical food drive items in 2020. 

Hunger Free Holidays

December 2021

Food Bank of Iowa is on a mission to provide more meals to hungry Iowans. Join our Hunger Free Holidays campaign by making a donation to Food Bank of Iowa; $1 provides up to 4 meals. 

Please consider helping us feed hungry children, seniors, families and veterans as they struggle to make ends meet.



The Walking Fed

2022 | Virtual Event

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 is 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.

Stay tuned for more information to come for The Walking Fed in 2022! 

In 2021, The Walking Fed Campaign provided 50,704 MEALS to children in Iowa! 

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