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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!

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.

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
    March 15

  • Eldora (Hardin County): 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hardin County Fairgrounds (Youth Building), 301 11th Avenue
    March 15, June 21, September 20, December 20

  • Exira (Audubon County): 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Exira Rec Center, 106 N. Jefferson Street
    April 17, July 24, 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 19, 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 20, November 5

Click here to download the Mobile Pantry Operations Manual
Click here to download the Mobile Pantry Operations Agreement