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Mobile Pantries

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!

Download a Mobile Pantry Program factsheet (PDF)


Start a Mobile Pantry in Your Community

The Food Bank of Iowa is actively seeking new partners to coordinate Mobile Pantries in our service area. 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.

Click here to download the Mobile Pantry Operations GUIDELINES

Click here to download the Mobile Pantry Operations AGREEMENT


2016 Mobile Pantry Schedule (NOTE: This schedule is updated throughout the year)

  • Bancroft (Kossuth): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. behind the Bancroft Clinic at 122 W Ramsey St. in the EMS garage
    April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26
  • Belmond (Wright): 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 304 3rd Avenue
    January 26, February 23, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27
  • Chariton (Lucas County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Chariton First United Methodist Church, 923 Roland Ave.
    January 21, March 17, May 19
  • Eagle Grove (Wright): 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 200 S. Park Avenue
    January 5, April 5, July 5
  • Estherville (Emmet): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at 2608 Central Ave  
    April 7, June 2
  • Guthrie Center (Guthrie): 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Old Community Building off Highway 44
    March 5, May 7 ATTENTION: The Guthrie Center mobile pantry will take place at 101 State Street, at the Fire Dept., on May 7
  • Hartley (O’Brien): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 140 N Fifth Ave E.
    February 17, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 21
  • Northwood (Worth County): 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Northwood Community Center, 826 Central Avenue
    February 16, April 5, June 7
  • Odebolt (Sac County): 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Odebolt Community Center, 605 1st Avenue N
    June 16
  • Perry (Dallas County): 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Church, 2810 1st Avenue
    January 9, March 5, May 7
  • Pocahontas (Pocahontas): 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at the Pocahontas County Expo Center, 309 NE 1st St.
    March 16, May 25, July 20, September 21, November 16
  • Rockwell City (Calhoun): 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at 333 Brower St., Rockwell City, IA, 50579
    March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30
  • Sioux Rapids (Buena Vista): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Former Nelson Supply Co, 100 Front Street
    February 9, May 10
  • Spencer (Clay County): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1910 10th Avenue E
    February 23, May 24, August 23, November 15
  • St. Charles (Madison): 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the St. Charles City Hall, 113 S Lumber St
    May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
  • Storm Lake (Buena Vista): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Old Bomgaars Building, 1628 North Lake Ave
    March 17
  • Wall Lake (Sac): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Wall Lake Community Center, 209 W 2nd St
    April 20, June 15

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