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Welcome to the Food Bank of Iowa! Visiting our facility is the best way to understand our role in the emergency food network. We offer several different ways for individuals and groups to experience Food Bank of Iowa and our work.

With COVID-19 being a factor, we have created a virtual tour of our Des Moines facility. Take a look at the virtual tour below to learn more about Food Bank of Iowa. We hope we can see you in person soon!

Room Reservation Request

At the Food Bank of Iowa, we’re all about collaboration — in fact, it’s one of our 5 core values! In this spirit of working together, we are pleased to offer the use of meeting rooms. Thank you for your interest in hosting your meeting or event at Food Bank of Iowa! Please complete the form below and our staff will reach out to confirm arrangements.

REQUEST A ROOM RESERVATION IN DES MOINES   REQUEST A ROOM RESERVATION IN OTTUMWA 

 

Multiple Options

Tailor your visit to our facility to meet your needs. Bring your group in for a tour and stay for a volunteer shift. Wrap up your meeting with a walk through our distribution center. We’re happy to customize your experience based on your team needs. Contact Laura Sheriff at lsheriff@foodbankiowa.org or 515-564-0332 to make arrangements.

Use of these spaces is subject to staff availability and scheduling requirements. We ask that community groups and corporate partners make a monetary donation for the use of our space. Feel free to set up a time to look around our facility before you host your event.

Volunteer

Volunteers are key to accomplishing our mission, helping with everything from sorting donated food to provide expert advice to our team. Commitments range from one-time volunteer shifts of just 3 hours to weekly or even daily recurring roles.

Find the volunteer role that’s right for you on our Volunteer page.

Tour Our Facility

We’ve been in operation since 1982, but our Des Moines facility completed a total overhaul in July of 2018. Our 53,000-square-foot distribution center is the hub of distributions totaling more than 1 million lbs. of food each month. That food reaches the tables of 175,000 food insecure Iowans thanks to our network of more than 600 partner agencies — food pantries, meal sites, shelters, and more — all dedicated to ending hunger.

Tours of our facility average 30 minutes and include every area of our facility from the Wellmark Foundation Volunteer Center to the Nationwide Foundation Distribution Center, home to massive refrigerated and frozen spaces, plus thousands of pallets of food.

Food Bank of Iowa is a smoke-free facility.

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