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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 will distribute in six new communities and continue distribution in Stanhope and Bedford.
2014 Mobile Pantry Schedule
Bedford (Taylor County): 5-7 p.m. at the United Christian Presbyterian Church, 1500 Industrial Avenue
February 15, April 10, June 12, August 14, October 9, December 11
Stanhope (Hamilton County): 10-11:30 a.m. at the Stanhope Community Center, 600 Main Street
Eldora (Hardin County): 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hardin County Fairgrounds (Youth Building), 301 11th Avenue
March 15, June 21, September 20, December 20
: 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Exira Rec Center, 106 N. Jefferson Street
April 17, July 17, October 16, January 15 (2015)
Odebolt (Sac County): 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Odebolt Community Center, 605 1st Avenue N
February 20, September 18
Perry (Dallas County): 10 a.m. to Noon at the Crossroads Church, 2810 1st Avenue
March 1, May 3, July 12, September 6, November 1
State Center (Marshall County): 5-7 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 605 1st Street
March 19, June 18, September 17, December 17
Swea City (Kossuth County): 5-7 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 104 1st Street N
February 5, May 7, August 6, November 5
Click here to download the Mobile Pantry Operations Manual
Click here to download the Mobile Pantry Operations Agreement
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
Food Bank of Iowa
2220 E. 17th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316-2114
Phone: 515-564-0330 | Fax: 515-564-0331
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