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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. All food distributed through our mobile pantries is entirely free. A mobile pantry can also serve as a great location for other resources like rental assistance or job training to share information.

Become a Mobile Pantry Partner by reaching out to the Regional Partnership Coordinator who serves your county. They’ll get you started on the road to a mobile pantry.

      2017 Mobile Pantry Schedule

      • Adel (Dallas): 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at New Hope Youth Center, 712 Cottage Street, Adel, IA June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, October 23, November 27, December 25
      • Audubon (Audubon): 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 601 Southside Ave., June 12, August 14, Sept. 11, Nov. 13, Jan. 8, March 12, May 14, July 9
      • Bancroft (Kossuth): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. behind the Bancroft Clinic at 122 W Ramsey St. in the EMS garage June 27, July 25, Aug 22, Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 28
      • Belmond (Wright): 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 304 3rd Avenue June 27
      • Dallas Center (Dallas): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1204 13th St. July 6
      • Eagle Grove (Wright): 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 200 S. Park Avenue July 11
      • Earlham (Madison): 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Earlham United Methodist Church, 145 NE Sycamore Ave., Earlham, IA 50072 June 20
      • Emmetsburg (Palo Alto): 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 2801 17th Street, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 June 8, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14, Feb 8, Mar 8, April 12, May 10, June 14
      • Estherville (Emmet): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at 2608 Central Ave Aug 3, Oct 5, Dec 7
      • Hartley (O’Brien): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 140 N Fifth Ave E. June 21, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20
      • Humboldt (Humboldt): 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Event Center, 311 6th Ave. North, Humboldt, IA July 12, September 13, November 8
      • Indianola (Warren): 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Warren County Administrative Building, 301 N Buxton St. June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17
      • Jewell (Hamilton): 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 439 Main St., Jewell, IA July 27, September 28, November 30
      • Lake Park (Dickinson): 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Park First Presbyterian Church, 1220 S Market St. August 3
      • Maple Grove Villas (Dallas): 4 – 6 p.m. at 8602 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12
      • Milo (Warren): 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Milo Community Center, 113 Main St. (alternates with Lacona) 2017: July 13, Sept. 14, Nov. 9; 2018: Jan. 11, March 8, May 10, July 12
      • Northwood (Worth County): 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Worth County Fairgrounds Shelter House, 300 13th Street South July 5 (Wednesday), August 1, September 5, October 3
      • Odebolt (Sac County): 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Odebolt Community Center, 605 1st Avenue N August 17 (Other distributions for this mobile pantry route are outside our service area.)
      • Panora (Guthrie): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Veterans Auditorium Gymnasium on the main square July 6, Sept. 7, Nov. 2, Jan. 4, March 1, May 3, July 5
      • Paullina (O’Brien): 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 103 W. Groesbeck St. July 17
      • Perry (Dallas County): 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Church, 2810 1st Avenue July 8, Sept. 2, Nov. 4
      • Perry (Dallas County): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Dallas County Hospital, 610 10th Street June 28, Aug. 23, Oct. 25, Dec. 27, Feb. 28, April 25, June 27
      • Pocahontas (Pocahontas): 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Pocahontas County Expo Center, 309 NE 1st St. July 26, Sept 27, Nov 22
      • Redfield (Dallas): 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Redfield City Hall, 808 1st St., August 2, October 4, December 6, February 7
      • Rockwell City (Calhoun): 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 333 Brower St., Rockwell City, IA, 50579 June 22, July 27, Sept 28, Nov 30
      • Sac City (Sac): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Sac City VFW, 409 N 5th St., Jun 21, Aug 16, Oct 18, Dec 20
      • Sheffield (Franklin): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Zion St. John Lutheran Church, 422 Sherman St. June 15
      • Sibley (Osceola): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church, 115 Maple Dr., June 13, July 11, Aug 8, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14
      • Spencer (Clay County): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1910 10th Avenue Aug 1, Nov 7
      • Storm Lake (Buena Vista): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Old Bomgaars Building, 1628 North Lake Ave. July 26, Sept 27
      • Swea City (Kossuth): 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Swea City United Methodist Church, 302 Cedar Ave. July 27
      • Wall Lake (Sac): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Wall Lake Community Center, 209 W 2nd St. June 14
      • Waukee (Dallas): 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Rhema Worship Center, 675 Walnut St. June 21, July 19, August 16
      • West Des Moines (Dallas): 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church, 1200 60th Street, West Des Moines, IA June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19
      • Winterset (Madison): 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Winterset First United Methodist Church, 309 E Jefferson St. June 26, July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27, Dec. 25, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25
      • Webster City (Hamilton): 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
        • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 1000 Des Moines St., June 20, August 15, October 17, December 19
        • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1005 Beach St., March 21, July 18, September 19, November 21