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Since 1982, Food Bank of Iowa has served a critical mission: provide food for Iowans in need. We have created partnerships, sought resources and implemented new programs – all in a quest to alleviate hunger. Over just 5 years, Food Bank of Iowa doubled food distribution from 5.6 million pounds in 2010 to 11.2 million pounds in 2016. Even this, however, is not enough. Based on the needs of the food insecure Iowans within our service area, we knew we needed to double our distribution once more.

In 2016, we launched the Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope campaign, designed to ensure that Food Bank of Iowa can meet the challenges facing us. After a total renovation and reconfiguration of our Des Moines distribution center, we are well positioned to meet the needs of our neighbors in need. But we need your help to fulfill our goals. Make a gift today to help us distribute twice as much food, helping Iowans more than ever before. Or, learn about other ways to give.

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Mission Critical Goals

Double our Distribution
By restructuring our space to work more collaboratively and efficiently, we can double the amount of food we provide to our partners and clients. That’s twice as many seats at the dinner table, twice as many full tummies, twice as much impact.

Provide Healthier Food
A healthy life requires healthy food. The most nutritious products we distribute – meat, milk, eggs, and fruits and vegetables – need to stay cool to stay fresh. By dramatically increasing our available cooler and freezer space, we can help fill our clients’ plates with healthier foods.

Provide Immediate Food Assistance
Our clients are everywhere, including in our own backyard. By adding Karen’s Cupboard, an on-site food pantry, we can serve our nearest neighbors, just as our partners serve Iowans in need throughout our service area. The on-site pantry will also serve as a testing and training site for new techniques and practices that our partners can adopt.

Prepare Our Facility for the Future
A strong organization needs a strong home. Replacing outdated electrical, HVAC, plumbing, fire suppression, and security systems; reconfiguring our warehouse and office spaces; and adding new functional spaces will bring us up to speed and then some. By stripping our facility down to the studs and building it back up, we will ensure that Food Bank of Iowa has an efficient, comfortable building for decades to come.

Project Budget

  • Warehouse Improvements: $4,602,000
  • Office Improvements: $1,798,000
  • Site Improvements: $690,000
  • Design & Professional Services: $375,000
  • Warehouse Racking System: $315,000
  • Warehouse Equipment: $83,000
  • Technology: $78,750
  • Temporary Space & Relocation: $60,000

Campaign Supporters

Donors $1,000,000 and above
Nationwide Foundation

Donors $200,000–$999,999
Anonymous Donor
John Deere Foundation
Mary Kay and Doug Bruce
The Wellmark Foundation

Donors $100,000–$199,999
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Fred and Charlotte Hubbell
John Ruan Foundation Trust
Kemin Industries
Meredith Corporation Foundation
Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
Principal Financial Group Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation

Donors $25,000–$99,999
Bankers Trust
ConAgra Foods
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Graham Group
J.C. Brenton
James and Allison Fleming
Jim and Ellen Hubbell Charitable Fund
Margo and Don Blumenthal
MidAmerican Energy Foundation
Patty and Jim Cownie Charitable Fund
Corteva Agrisciences™,
Agriculture Division of DuPont
Roger and Kimberly Ceilley
Suku and Mary Radia
The Fred Maytag Family Foundation
Tim and Toni Urban
W.T and Edna M. Dahl Trust

Donors $10,000–$24,999
Brad Liggett
Daniel and Nicolette Keough
Essex Meadows
Fred Weitz
Iowa Food Bank Association
Je and Tracey Rommel
Michael Simonson
NCMIC Group, Inc.
Sheri Avis Horner
Tanner and Hannah Krause
William and Pauline Niebur
William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation

Donors $1,000–$9,999
Alliant Energy Foundation
Aureon
Baker Electric, Inc.
Casey and Karen Decker
Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
Cerro Gordo Community Foundation
Chubb Charitable Foundation
Dallas County Foundation
Dan and Chris Van Alstine
Darrell Book, In Memoriam
Deb and Bob Pulver Foundation
Don and Charlene Lamberti
Dr. Richard Deming
Gary Kirke
Holmes Murphy
ITA Group Foundation
Jerey and Alice Carithers
Joel Dawson
John Anderson
John & Penny Krantz
Joshua and Jennifer Faber
Jospehine Snyder Estate
Loretta Sieman
Lou and Marilyn Hurwitz
Maria Brownell
Michael Barratt
Michael Bohnenkamp and Cheryl Reich
Michael J. Richards Revocable Trust
Michelle Book
Miriam De Dios Woodward and Nick Woodward
Murphy Tower Service LLC
Philip Dorweiler
Ross and Genevieve Dean
Stan and Jodi Reynolds
The Denny and Candy Elwell Foundation
The Ralph and Sylvia Green Charitable Foundation
Trudy Holman Hurd

In-Kind Donors
Cardinal Materials Flow, Inc.
Fareway Stores, Inc.
Fastsigns
Henricksen Contracting
Meyocks Group, Inc.
Pigott
RDG Planning and Design
Ryan Companies
Shyft Collective
Waldinger Corporation