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Iowa free food banks.

Residents across the state can turn to free pantries, soup kitchens and food banks for the help they need. The locations in Iowa that are near you and listed below, most of which are run by non-profit groups, churches or charities. Based on the location, they can provide free food, groceries, perishable items, and other forms of support to residents.

Staff and volunteers at the locations can sometimes have other items for clients as well, such as holiday meals, clothing, formula, and more. Or get information or referrals to government resources such as SNAP food stamps. Find information on a free, emergency food pantry either near or in your town or city below. There is also a referral phone number at the bottom of the page for information on other locations that may be near you.

The non-profit food banks also work with other charities across the state. If a location is not near you, people who need help can call the food bank closest to them to find a distribution center that may be more convenient to them. Various types of food assistance can be offered in Polk County.

Also, do not hesitate to ask a center for referrals. Maybe will provide details on other resources and assistance programs that are located in your area of Iowa. There are many other programs available for low income families, not just free food pantries.

Local food banks and soup kitchens in Iowa

Several counties in the state also have their own non-profits that help feed struggling families. They offer everything from groceries from a pantry to holiday meals or information on SNAP food stamps. These centers only support residents of the county. Or find a list of other pantries as you scroll down the page.




Neighborhood Food Bank
215 S 4th St.
Forest City - Iowa 50436
Dial for food assistance - (641) 585-1360

Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank
22 N Georgia Ave
Mason City - IA, 50401
(641) 424-3073

Northeast Iowa Food Bank
106 E 11th St.
Waterloo - IA, 50703
(319) 235-0507
Works with non-profits, charities, and feeding sites in that part of Iowa. Free canned goods, surplus government commodities, and other items are available.

Food Bank of Iowa
Address is 2220 E 17th St.
Des Moines - IA, 50316
Call (515) 564-0330 for intake.
This non-profit partners with charities and food banks across the state, and those locations provide help directly to needy individuals and families. They work with soup kitchens, pantries, senior programs, and shelters.





Northeast Iowa Food Bank of Waterloo Iowa
106 East 11th Street
Waterloo - Iowa, 50703
Telephone number is (319) 235-0507
This food bank may be able to provide free food to families and individuals. The Food Pantry provides crisis, emergency and supplemental food assistance to struggling and low income families and individuals who need help. The free food boxes provided consist of fruits, vegetables, snack items, protein items (such as peanut butter), breads, pasta, soup, cereal,  fresh produce, and other perishable items. They also partner with local charities and non-profits.

Fayette County Food Shelf
106 7 St.
Fayette, Iowa 52142
Phone number - (563) 425-3399

Food Bank Of Siouxland Inc.
Po Box 985
Sioux City, IA 51102

Siouxland Community Soup Kitchen Inc.
703 W 5th St
Sioux City, Iowa 51103
Hot meals, lunches, and breakfast may be offered. Senior citizens, children, and even the homeless can receive a free meal.

Food Bank of Southern Iowa Incorporated
225 S Benton St.
Ottumwa - IA, 52501
(641) 682-3403

Food Bank - Iowa City
1121 Gilbert Ct
Iowa City - Iowa, 52240
(319) 351-0128

South Tama Cty Food Pantry
113 E 3rd St.
Tama - Iowa, 52339
Main number is (641) 484-4805





Linn Community Food Bank
310 5th St Se
Cedar Rapids - IA, 52401
(319) 364-3543
One of the main pantries in Iowa. Some of what may be offered includes rice, canned goods, information on government benefits such as food stamps and WIC, and other social services.

Food Bank of Siouxland
1313 11th St Ste 1
Sioux City - IA, 51105
Call for free food - (712) 255-9741

Oelwien Community Kitchen Cupboard
31 1st Ave NE
Oelwein, IA 50662
(319) 283-3595
In a crisis, may have some assistance for the unemployed, children, and members of the community.

Mapleton Food Bank
315 Main St.
Mapleton - Iowa, 51034
Call (712) 881-1128 for information
Free emergency boxes of food may be served. A number of families turn to the center.

The World Food Prize Foundation
1700 Ruan Center
Des Moines - IA, 50309

Rotary Club of Mason City
Mailing address PO Box 1802
Mason City - IA, 50401

Food Bank of Southern Iowa Inc.
225 S Benton St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501
For referrals, dial (641) 682-3403
This non-profit works with churches, soup kitchens, and other aid organizations. They offer boxes of food, meats, frozen items, and more to those other non-profits.

Table to Table Food Distribution Network
20 East Market Street
Iowa City - Iowa, 52245
Main phone number is (319) 337-3400

St Stephens Food Bank
4990 Radford Ct
Dubuque - IA, 52002
Call (563) 557-7474
Boxes of groceries, healthy food, and more is distributed.







The Urbandale Food Pantry
7611 Douglas Ave., Ste. 35
Urbandale - Iowa, 50322
(515) 251-6688
Get groceries or food once every 30 days for emergency assistance or a crisis.

Care and Share House Food Pantry
1808 5th Avenue
Council Bluffs - Iowa, 51501
Phone number - 712-323-4889
This location is both a free food pantry and also runs a free store with household supplies and other items.

Other Iowa free food banks and places for assistance

The Food Bank of Iowa is the best organization to call for a comprehensive list of non-profit food banks and charity agencies in Iowa that fight hunger. You can call this statewide agency at (515) 564-0330. They can give referrals to food pantries that may be near you, public benefits, sop kitchen in Iowa and much more.


By Jon McNamara

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