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Table to Table

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Covid Volunteers

Help us keep food from going to waste by rescuing it from food donors and delivering it to area agencies that serve people who are food insecure. In 2020 our volunteers rescued 2.3 million pounds of food, and we would love your help during this especially critical time of need!

Volunteer Duties

  • Interacting with donor organizations
  • Boxing and loading food donations into Table to Table van
  • Transporting food to recipient organizations such as community pantries, shelters, preschools, etc.
  • Unloading food

Route volunteer shifts take place between 8:00am-Noon Monday-Friday and typically last 2 to 3 hours. We need volunteers for shifts Monday-Friday. Contact volunteer@table2table.org or 319-337-3400 for more information.

Currently we are requiring that our volunteers be willing to serve for a minimum of 30 total hours over the course of their entire service time, though there is no minimum per week. Volunteers must also meet the following requirements:

Neither you, nor someone you live with, has had a fever or symptoms of illness within 14 days of your shift.
Neither you, nor anyone you live with, is awaiting a COVID-19 test or test result.

Food rescue route volunteers must have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle. Volunteers typically lift up to 40 lbs. Wearing a mask is required.

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About Table to Table


840 South Capitol St., Iowa City, IA 52240, US

Mission Statement

To keep wholesome, edible food from going to waste by collecting it from donors and distributing it to those in need through agencies that serve the hungry, homeless, and at risk populations.


Table to Table is a United Way agency of Johnson County.

Volunteers are an essential element of our organization and provide the means for us to pursue our mission. By keeping food from going to waste, we help these agencies in their efforts to help those in need. Whether the agency we deliver to prepares a meal or distributes groceries, this rescued food is making a positive impact on the lives of others.

Since 1996, Table to Table has rescued over 20 million pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste. This year alone, the volunteers have rescued 2.5 million pounds of food. Donations are collected from 80 local grocery stores, bakeries, dairies, restaurants, schools and businesses. 50 local social service agencies receive donated food distributed through Table to Table. Each 1.5 pounds of donated food provides an equivalent meal to someone in need. This year, Table to Table saved social service agencies over $6 million in Johnson County.

Table to Table is Iowa's original food rescue organization. We specialize in "rapid response" retrieval of fresh and perishable foods; we pick up and deliver the donated food items to recipient agencies in the same day.

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840 South Capitol St.Iowa City, IA 52240



  • People Skills
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Relationship Building
  • Bus/Van Driving


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Weekly shift, or 1-2 shifts a month as a substitute
  • Food rescue route volunteers must have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

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