In March 2013, the Food Bank of Iowa launched our mobile pantry program!
A mobile pantry is a farmer’s market style distribution targeted toward counties with a need for additional pantry service. Mobile pantries provide an additional strategy toward bridging the food assistance gap, specifically in rural counties in our service area, by providing an additional access point for food.
The need for a mobile pantry is based upon the amount of food being distributed by our partners in a county while also taking in to account the total number of partner agencies in a particular area.
The mobile pantry program has two key focus areas:
- The primary focus is to distribute fresh produce, protein, and non-perishable items to counties in our service area where pantry access does not exist or resources are very limited – particularly to our more rural areas.
- Second is to spotlight communities where hunger needs are not being met to build awareness of the issue and hopefully lead to more permanent solutions.
Our program began with distribution to four sites: Bedford, Casey, Iowa Falls and Stanhope, with one distribution each quarter. In our second year, we grew to 8 distribution sites. In 2014-15, we will double the number of distribution sites!
We are currently looking for mobile pantry partners in the following counties: Buena Vista, Calhoun, Clay, Dallas, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Guthrie, Hamilton, Humboldt, Kossuth, Lucas, Madison, O'brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Warren, Worth and Wright.
If you are a Food Bank of Iowa Partner Agency or a community organization with interest in hosting a mobile pantry in the future, please contact Trish O'Brien Edwards, program coordinator at 515-564-0330.
2015 Mobile Pantry Schedule (NOTE: This schedule is updated throughout the year)
- Spencer (Clay County): Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1910 10th Avenue E
August 25, November 17
- Northwood (Worth County): Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Northwood Community Center, 826 Central Avenue
August 4, October 6, December 1
- Exira (Audubon County): Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Exira Rec Center, 106 N. Jefferson Street
July 16, October 16
- Odebolt (Sac County): Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Odebolt Community Center, 605 1st Avenue N
- Perry (Dallas County): Saturdays, 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. at the Crossroads Church, 2810 1st Avenue
July 11, September 12, November 7
- Chariton (Lucas County): Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Chariton First United Methodist Church, 923 Roland Ave.
September 17, November 12, January 21 (2016), March 17 (2016), May 19 (2016)
- Leon (Decatur County): Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds, 1700 N.W. Church St.
June 30, September 29, December 29
- Pocahontas (Pocahontas): Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at the Pocahontas County Expo Center, 309 NE 1st St.
July 29, Oct. 21, Jan. 20
- Storm Lake (Buena Vista): Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Old Bomgaars Building, 1628 North Lake Ave
June 18, September 17, December 17
- Wall Lake (Sac): Wednesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Wall Lake Community Center, 209 W 2nd St
June 10, September 16, December 16; March 16, 2016
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Click here to download the Mobile Pantry Operations Manual
Click here to download the Mobile Pantry Operations Agreement