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Volunteer From Home: T-Shirt Totes Needed!

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Food Bank of Iowa


How to Help:

  1. Turn T-Shirt inside out and pin bottom of the T-Shirt along the hem. Using a sewing machine, sew bottom of T-Shirt closed. These bags will be holding up to 30 pounds so a reinforced seam is very important. Flip shirt right side out and lay flat on table, making sure all seams are lined up.
  2. Place medium-size bowl about half-way over the neck hole. Using a water-erasable marking pen, trace along the edge of the bowl. Cut along the outline, making sure to go through the front and back sides of the shirt, in order to create an opening for the bag that's larger than what the neck hole allows.
  3. Line up the hems on the front and back side of the sleeve and cut, making sure to go through both sides of the shirt. Repeat on the other sleeve.
  4. Wash the T-Shirt Bag(s) in hot water with detergent and drop them off at one of our facilities during business hours.

(Instructions from http://www.marthastewart.com/266942/t-shirt-bag)

The Impact You Will Make

As Food Bank of Iowa mobilizes to meet the increased need for food we are in need of bags to support the mobile pantries and school distributions that have adapted via drive thru models.

Drive Thru Mobile Pantries are popping up in response to school closures, lost wages, and increased need for food across our 55 county service area. Bags are needed to prepack this food to keep volunteers safe as they meet this need!

Instagram: @FoodBankIowa

Facebook: facebook.com/foodbankiowa

Contact: Michaela Devaney, Volunteer Training and Development Manager; mdevaney@foodbankiowa.org

The Food Bank of Iowa serves 55 Iowa counties and has over 625 programs and partner agencies. Partner agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, residential facilities, etc. We function as a warehouse and distribution facility, distributing over 1.8 million pounds of food every month

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About Food Bank of Iowa


2220 E 17th St, Des Moines, IA 50316, US

Mission Statement

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:

  • Food pantries
  • Soup kitchens
  • Homeless shelters
  • 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.
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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Quilting
  • Sewing
  • Upholstery


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
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