Des Moines, Iowa (Oct. 11, 2021) — Food Bank of Iowa has received an Alliant Energy Foundation Impact Grant to launch a mobile food pantry in Centerville.

The $20,000 grant means that people struggling with hunger in Appanoose County will, for the first time, have access to flexible food assistance.

Beginning Oct. 14, the mobile pantry will be held the second Thursday of every month at the Alliant Energy Operations Center, 719 N. 18th Street, Centerville. Alliant Energy team members will staff the event from 4 – 6 p.m. and guide pantry guests through the check-in process.

Food boxes will be distributed drive-through style – a temporary change that’s been implemented for all Food Bank of Iowa mobile pantries in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Food delivered to each pantry location typically includes fresh produce, protein, bread and nonperishable items.

“We are proud to support Food Bank of Iowa with our Impact Grant, as their services and programs provide care for others that is needed now more than ever,” said Julie Bauer, executive director of The Alliant Energy Foundation. “At Alliant Energy, we also value caring for others and are grateful our Centerville employees who are involved in the monthly mobile pantry effort. Funding Food Bank of Iowa’s efforts to combat hunger challenges are vital for the growth and development of our Iowa communities.”   

Food Bank of Iowa provides food for Iowa children, families and seniors to lead full and active lives, strengthening the communities where they live. Serving 55 of Iowa’s 99 counties, Food Bank of Iowa delivered more than 21 million pounds of food to its partners last year.

Any organization or individual interested in joining the fight for a hunger-free Iowa can volunteer, donate and find advocacy information at

About Food Bank of Iowa

Leveraging bulk purchasing power, retail food rescue relationships and USDA’s The Emergency Food Assistance Program, Food Bank of Iowa sources free and reduced-cost food for Iowans in need. The food bank keeps the food safe and delivers it to 677 partners—including community meal sites; church, school, and community pantries; daycares; homeless shelters; and rehab sites—which distribute food to children, seniors, veterans and hardworking Iowans. Food Bank of Iowa provides food to pantries, schools, and social service organizations in 55 counties, covering big cities and small towns across 30,000 square miles. To learn more, visit

About The Alliant Energy Foundation

The Alliant Energy Foundation is a philanthropic organization created by Alliant Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: LNT) and is operated as a separate entity led by its own board of directors. The Foundation is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where Alliant Energy employees, retirees and customers live and work. The Foundation, which is funded solely by Alliant Energy shareowners, seeks to further the corporation’s goal of being a good corporate citizen and contributing member of society. Since 1998, the Foundation has contributed $55 million to innovative projects and local nonprofits. For more information, visit