In 2018, the Iowa State Fair helped us connect with food vendors like Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters and Midwest Dairy and fan favorites such as Steer N Stein and Jalapeno Pete’s to participate in the first ever food recovery operation at the Iowa State Fair.

The day following the conclusion of the fair, we worked with nine food vendors to recover nearly three tons of food. Food that would have otherwise been disposed of was instead recovered and made available to over 625 hunger fighting organizations across our 55-county service area!

The State Fair also invites the Food Bank of Iowa to host a food drive on the final day of the fair. Since 2014, patrons have raised over 14 tons of food including nearly 7 tons in 2018. Please stop by and see us this year on August 18th!

To learn more about our food rescue efforts,