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Help fight hunger this growing season by growing a row of fresh produce for your neighbors in need! It’s easy: just dedicate a row in your home garden or a local community garden, then donate the harvest to Food Bank of Iowa or your local food pantry.

How to Donate

Drop off fresh produce at Food Bank of Iowa’s distribution centers in Des Moines and Ottumwa. We’re open for donations from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Friday. Learn more about our locations and hours.

Don’t have a garden, but still want to help? Get involved with one of our giving garden projects, like Iowa Gardening For Good. Check out our Volunteer page for opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What types of produce should I grow?

We’re happy to take anything that you would grow for yourself or your family! Some of the best produce to donate includes beans, peas, lettuce, melons, and other fresh fruit. Keep in mind that we might transport your produce across Iowa, so fruits and vegetables that have a longer shelf life or are more robust will do very well!

I can’t make it to Food Bank of Iowa. Where can I donate locally?

If you can’t make it to one of our distribution centers, you can donate to any of the 500 partners we have throughout 55 Iowa counties. Use our “Get Help” locator tool to find a food pantry or meal site near you.

Where can I find tips on how to get started?

You can find some great tips on how to get started at, or by doing a search for “beginning gardener tips.”

I’m a farmer. How can I help?

Farmers can make a huge impact on food insecurity in their communities just by doing what they do best: growing great crops! We recommend that you contact our Food Acquisition Program Manager, Emily Shearer, at 515-867-2894 to get started.

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