Kids from low income families are missing meals they used to get at school. Schools aren’t open to distribute backpack food. Families do not have access to school pantries. Normal walk-in pantry distributions are being changed to drive-by food box drops. Mobile pantry distributions are being added. There is so much to do.
Food Bank of Iowa needs volunteer support to help us pack emergency boxes and keep up with the workload that is growing by the day in our facility to meet the needs of our community.
In coordination with Feeding America, Food Bank of Iowa is actively monitoring developments related to COVID-19. We are taking proactive measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, and partner agencies as we ramp up to serve a rapidly growing need.
We remain committed to our standard safety measures and have taken additional measures to control disease transmission within the Volunteer Center:
Refrain from shaking hands and hugging.
Volunteers and employees must stay home if not well.
Volunteer groups will be capped at 15.
Volunteers and employees must wash hands when entering the building.
Volunteers and employees must wash hands before leaving the building.
Please wear disposable gloves which are offered.
Staff will manually check in volunteers rather than use group iPad.
High touch surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned after each shift.
Your safety is our utmost concern. We will continue to keep our community updated through our website and social media channels. As we know more, we will share information with you. As stated earlier, the need is great. Please consider registering to help if your health status allows.
The Food Bank of Iowa is a charitable, not-for-profit organization committed to our mission of alleviating hunger through food distribution, partnership and education.
From the time the dock doors opened in 1982, we have maintained our No. 1 priority - maximizing "food in - food out" to meet the critical needs of a diverse population through our network of partner agencies in 55 Iowa counties.
As a non-profit food bank, our primary role is to provide food to the charitable agencies offering direct service to hungry Iowans.
These partner agencies include:
Shelters for victims of domestic violence
Nonprofit day care centers
Residential care centers
Child and senior programs
Along with traditional food banking, the Food Bank of Iowa also operates three successful programs: Backpack Buddies, HUSH and the Fresh Produce Project.