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Meal Prep, Serving, and Clean-up

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 24 people are interested

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Open Day volunteers prepare, serve, and clean up the meal when no pre-formed volunteer team is designated. Free Lunch Program is located at 1105 S. Gilbert Ct. in Iowa City, and we serve meals from noon-1pm, Monday through Saturday. We serve around 120 meals each day.

Teams from different community groups organize the cooking and serving of most of our meals, and there are also slots for ad hoc volunteers from 10:30-1:30 or 11:30-1:30 on various days. Sign up to help in March/April/May here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CAEAE2BA6F5C52-47342982-open#/

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1105 GILBERT CT STE 100, IOWA CITY, IA 52240, US

Mission Statement

An open door, a full plate, no questions asked. The Free Lunch Program (FLP) is one of the "quiet services" in the Iowa City area that strives to do one thing well: provide a free, filling and healthy lunch to anyone who comes to us. Volunteers bring a spirit of caring and compassion to our program as the people we serve are treated as guests. We come together knowing that we’re all deeply connected and dependent on one another, no matter our current circumstances. Lunch is served by teams of dedicated volunteers Monday through Saturday from noon to 1pm at 1105 S. Gilbert Court in Iowa City, Iowa.


The Free Lunch Program (FLP) began in January 1983 when two therapists from the Community Mental Health Center, wishing to address the concerns of their clients, spoke to a Lenten study group at St. Mary’s Parish about the need for a free meal for people in the community. The response was, "Let’s do it."

By 1989, the Free Lunch Program had become a designated United Way agency and expanded to a six-day-a-week meal program with over 35 different religious, student, neighborhood, and social groups providing the meals. Volunteer teams prepare and serve nutritious meals using their own food or the food from local restaurants, grocery stores, and food distributors via Table to Table Food Rescue Organization, and from items in the Free Lunch pantry obtained through the HACAP Food Reservoir.

Because of COVID-19 and for the safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff, the program’s lunch room is currently closed, and buffet-style service has been replaced with lunches to-go that may be picked up from a door on the north side of the building.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Homeless & Housing, Hunger


Thu Feb 08, 2024 - Wed May 08, 2024
10:30 AM - 01:30 PM


1105 South Gilbert CourtIowa City, IA 52240



  • Food Service
  • People Skills
  • Social Work
  • Cooking / Catering
  • Mental Health
  • Healthcare


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • 2-3 hours

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