Food Bank of Iowa is dedicated to providing enough food for every Iowan in our service area to live a healthy, active life. We distribute more than 14 million meals each year through 700 partner agencies and dozens of program sites. Learn more about our programs and how you can get help now.

Find Food Assistance in Your Community

We’ve provided food and hope for 40 years. No Iowan should go hungry. The map below will help you find food resources near you. Once you’ve selected one, contact them directly to find out about distribution times and any requirements. Then, you’ll visit the organization to receive assistance.

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    Mobile Pantry Program

    Mobile pantries are monthly, bimonthly or quarterly food distributions operated by the Food Bank of Iowa.

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    School Pantry Program

    School pantries are like food pantries dedicated to that school’s students and their families.

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    Backpack Program

    The BackPack Program™ provides food for kids in need each weekend during the school year.

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    SNAP

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, provides nutrition assistance to low-income people and their families.

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    WIC

    Women, Infants and Children, helps low-income mothers and children at risk of poor nutrition.

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    Recipes

    Click to download our Chopped – Hot Dish Edition cookbook, or find more recipes to cook with your pantry staples.

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    Other Resources

    Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelters

    Shelters include homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters and other places where people in need can find a safe place to rest. Many provide meals to their residents, but not to the general public.


    Support for Seniors

    The Area Agencies on Aging offer a variety of services including home-delivered meals. Lifelong Links has information and services for vulnerable older adults age 60+ and adults with disabilities age 18+. Call 866-468-7887 for more information.


    United Way of Central Iowa

    United Way of Central Iowa’s 211 Service is available 24/7 to help you with rent, utilities, tax preparation, natural disaster relief and more. Call or text 211, or chat with a professional online. This institution is an equal opportunity provider