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Your donation makes a difference in the life of an Iowan in need. Every item of food that we distribute goes to Iowa children, families and seniors struggling with hunger.

There are many ways that individuals, families and organizations can make a difference by donating food to the Food Bank of Iowa.

Individual Donations can fit your ability to give, from just a few items to a trunk full of food. Individual donations can include grocery items, personal care items and homegrown garden produce. We accept individual donations during the following hours:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon

Food Drives of all sizes make a difference, from a small office or classroom to Combat Hunger, our largest annual food drive. Learn more about how to hold a successful food drive.

Gardeners and Farmers are a great source of fresh fruits and vegetables. We are always happy to work with gardeners and farmers to arrange for large donations of fresh produce. Contact our Food Acquisition Coordinator, Emily Shearer, at eshearer@foodbankiowa.org or 515-867-2894 to get started.

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Our Most Needed Items include all the items that our partners and clients need to keep their shelves and stomachs full. We strive to supply the most nutritious items possible, so please consider donating items low in sodium.

  • Proteins
    • Peanut butter
    • Canned meat
    • Canned fish (e.g. tuna or salmon)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Dry pasta
  • Breakfast items (including cereal)
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Paper and personal products (e.g., toothpaste, soap and toilet paper)