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We serve all kinds of communities, from our state’s largest metropolitan area to quiet farm towns. People struggling with hunger live in every type of community, and it’s our job at the Food Bank of Iowa to make sure they have the food they need to thrive. Our Mobile Pantry Program is designed to provide a flexible food assistance resource in locations that don’t have access to traditional resources

How does it work? At each mobile pantry distribution, one of our trucks delivers a customized load of food—produce, meat, bread and non-perishable items are common—to the prearranged mobile pantry site. Local volunteers set up a distribution system that looks much like a farmers market, distributing food to families and individuals in need throughout the scheduled time. When the food is gone, volunteers reset the space to its original condition.

Benefits of a mobile pantry distribution include its flexibility, convenience and timing. A small group of volunteers can easily handle a monthly, bimonthly or quarterly distribution, and no permanent space is needed. A mobile pantry can also serve as a great location for other resources like rental assistance or job training to share information.

Food Bank of Iowa programs and partners adhere to all USDA nondiscrimination guidelines. Learn more.

Food Bank of Iowa recently partnered with Project Zume Des Moines for emergency food support. If you live in the central nine counties of Iowa (Boone, Story, Marshall, Dallas, Polk, Jasper, Marion, Warren and Madison) and need food assistance, please call 515-957-2900. Project Zume will give you information about a Project Zume food distribution near you or arrange a home delivery. If you are wanting to pick up food from Cottage Grove, please sign up here. Below are the days and times these distributions are active.

  • Cottage Grove Church 
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Eternity Church
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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      Adair Dallas Hardin Mahaska Story
      Adams Davis Henry Marion Taylor
      Appanoose Decatur Humboldt Marshall Union
      Audubon Des Moines Jasper Monroe Van Buren
      Boone Dickinson Jefferson O’Brien Wapello
      Buena Vista Emmet Keokuk Osceola Warren
      Calhoun Franklin Kossuth Palo Alto Wayne
      Carroll Greene Lee Pocahontas Webster
      Cerro Gordo Guthrie Louisa Polk Winnebago
      Clarke Hamilton Lucas Ringgold Worth
      Clay Hancock Madison Sac Wright

      Adair

      Orient United Methodist Church, 124 South Maple
      4:30 to 6:30 pm
      March 9, 2020; April 13, 2020; May 11, 2020; June 8, 2020; July 13, 2020; August 10, 2020; September 14, 2020; October 12, 2020; November 9, 2020; December 14, 2020

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      Adams

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Appanoose

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Audubon

      Audubon National Guard Armory, 601 Southside Ave.
      4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

      May 11, 2020; July 13, 2020; September 14, 2020; November 9, 2020

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      Boone

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Buena Vista

      Storm Lake 701 Seneca St., Suite 1 (south of Fareway)
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      April 22, 2020; May 27, 2020, June 24, 2020; July 22, 2020; August 26, 2020

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      Calhoun

      Rockwell City 333 Brower St.
      4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
      May 28, 2020; July 23, 2020

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      Carroll

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Cerro Gordo

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Clarke

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Clay

      Spencer Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1910 10th Avenue
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

      May 5, 2020; August 4, 2020

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      Dallas

      Adel New Hope Youth Center, 712 Cottage Street
      5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
      April 27, 2020; May TBD, June 22, 2020; August 24, 2020; September 28, 2020; October 26, 2020; November 23, 2020; December TBD

      Perry Perry Elementary School, 1600 8th Street
      9:00-10:30 a.m.
      May 23, 2020; July 25, 2020; September 26, 2020

      Perry Dallas County Hospital, 610 10th Street
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      April 22, 2020; June 24, 2020; August 26, 2020; October 28, December TBD

      Redfield Redfield City Hall, 808 1st St.
      4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
      April 1, 2020; May 6, 2020; June 3, 2020; July 1, 2020; August 5, 2020; September 2, 2020; October 7, 2020; November 4, 2020; December 2, 2020

      West Des Moines Crossroads Church, 1200 60th Street, sponsored by American Trust Bank
      5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
      April 20, 2020; May 18, 2020; June 15, 2020; July 20, 2020; August 17, 2020; September 21, 2020; October 19, 2020; November 16, 2020; December 21, 2020

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      Davis

      Bloomfield Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Office, 402 East North Street
      4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
      April 2, 2020; May 7, 2020; June 4, 2020; July 2, 2020

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      Decatur

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Des Moines

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Dickinson

      Lake Park Lake Park First Presbyterian Church, 1220 S Market St.
      4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
      April 2, 2020; May 7, 2020; June 4, 2020; July 2, 2020; August 6, 2020

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      Emmet

      Estherville 2014 Central Ave.
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      April 2, 2020; June 4, 2020; Auguat 6, 2020

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      Franklin

      Sheffield (Franklin): This mobile pantry has been replaced by a permanent partner called West Fork Pantry. Visit their website for more information.

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      Greene

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Guthrie

      Panora Veterans Auditorium Gymnasium on the main square
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      May 7, 2020; July 2, 2020; September 3, 2020; November 5, 2020

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      Hamilton

      Jewell Bethesda Lutheran Church, 439 Main St.
      4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
      May 28, 2020; July 23, 2020; September 24, 2020; November TBD; January 28, 2021

      Webster City St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 1000 Des Moines St.
      4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
      April 21, 2020

      Webster City St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1005 Beach St.
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      N/A

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      Hancock

      Garner Garner United Methodist Church, 885 Maben Ave.
      5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
      April 7, 2020, May 5, 2020; June 2, 2020; July 7, 2020; August 4, 2020; September 1, 2020; October 6, 2020; November 3, 2020; December 1, 2020; January 5, 2021, February 2, 2021

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      Hardin

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Henry

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Humboldt

      Humboldt Humboldt County Fairgrounds Event Center, 311 6th Ave. North
      4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
      May 13, 2020; July 8, 2020

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      Jasper

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Jefferson

      Fairfield First Church of the Nazarene Fairfield, 6th and Briggs Community Center 
      4:00-5:30 p.m.
      April 7, 2020; May 5, 2020; June 2, 2020; July 7, 2020

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      Keokuk

      What Cheer 106 E Broadway Street
      3:00-4:30 p.m.
      April 14, 2020; May 12, 2020; June 9, 2020; July 14, 2020

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      Kossuth

      Bancroft 212 E. Center, Bancroft
      3:30-5:30 p.m.
      April 28, 2020; May 26, 2020; June 23, 2020; July 28, 2020; August 25, 2020

      Swea City Swea City United Methodist Church, 302 Cedar Ave.
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      May 7, 2020; July 2, 2020

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      Lee

      Fort Madison This mobile pantry has been discontinued. You can find permanent partners in the area on our Get Help page.

      Keokuk New Testament Christian Church, 1578 Hilton Rd.
      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. NOTE: Do NOT arrive before 3:30, as this location is a functioning school.
      April 28, 2020; June 23, 2020; August 25, 2020

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      Louisa

      Wapello 317 N Water St
      4:00-5:30 p.m.
      April 22, 2020; May 27, 2020; June 24, 2020; July 22, 2020

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      Lucas

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Madison

      Earlham NOTE: New location: American Legion, 137 South Chestnut Ave.
      5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
      April 21, 2020; May 19, 2020; June 16, 2020; July 21, 2020, August 18, 2020; September 15, 2020; October 20, 2020; November 17, 2020; December 15, 2020

      Winterset This mobile pantry has been replaced by a permanent partner called Winterset First United Methodist Church Pantry.

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      Mahaska

      Oskaloosa NOTE: New location: Southern Iowa Fairgrounds, 615 N I St., Oskaloosa
      4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
      April 13, 2020

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      Marion

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Marshall

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Monroe

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      O’Brien

      Paullina First Presbyterian Church, 103 W. Groesbeck St.
      4:00-6:00 p.m.
      May 18, 2020; July 20, 2020

      Hartley Trinity United Church of Christ, 140 N Fifth Ave E.
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      April 15, 2020; May 20, 2020; June 17, 2020; July 15, 2020; August 19, 2020

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      Osceola

      Sibley Christian Reformed Church, 115 Maple Dr.
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      April 14, 2020, May 12, 2020; June 9, 2020; July 14, 2020; August 11, 2020

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      Palo Alto

      Emmetsburg Grace Baptist Church, 2801 17th Street
      5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
      April 9, 2020; May 14, 2020; June 11, 2020; July 19, 2020; August 13, 2020

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      Pocahontas

      Pocahontas Pocahontas County Expo Center, 309 NE 1st St.
      4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
      May 27, 2020; July 22, 2020

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      Polk

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Ringgold

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Sac

      Odebolt Odebolt Community Center, 605 1st Avenue N
      4:30-5:30 p.m.
      July 16, 2020

      Sac City Sac City VFW, 409 N 5th St.
      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      April 15, 2020; June 17, 2020; August 19, 2020

      Wall Lake No longer in operation; see Sac City or Odebolt mobile pantries above.

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      Story

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Taylor

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Union

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Van Buren

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Wapello

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Warren

      Indianola Warren County Administrative Building, 301 N Buxton St.
      4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
      May 19, 2020; July 21, 2020, September 15, 2020; November 17, 2020

      Milo Milo Community Center, 113 Main St.
      4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
      April 9, 2020; June 11, 2020; August 13, 2020; October 8, 2020; December 10, 2020

      Norwalk Norwalk Christian Church, 701 Main Street
      4:00 to 6:30 p.m. 
      April 21, 2020; June 16, 2020; August 18, 2020; October 20, 2020; December 15, 2020

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      Wayne

      Allerton Centennial Building, 101 S Central Ave, Allerton, IA
      4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      April 16, 2020; May 19, 2020; June 18, 2020; July 16, 2020

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      Webster

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Winnebago

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Worth

      This county is served by other programs. Use our Locator Map to find other resources near you, or check other counties for mobile pantries.

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      Wright

      Belmond Trinity Lutheran Church, 304 3rd Avenue
      2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
      April 28, 2020; May 26, 2020; June 23, 2020; July 28, 2020; August 25, 2020; September 22, 2020

      Eagle Grove Grace Evangelical Free Church, 1220 S Commercial Ave., Eagle Grove, IA 50533
      4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
      April 7, 2020; July 7, 2020; October 6, 2020

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