One in 14 Iowans is facing hunger. Iowa has many resources to help, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, dhs.iowa.gov/food-assistance, food banks, and food pantries—including mobile pantries!
Iowa Food Bank’s mobile pantry operates in 30 counties; many provide a drive-thru option. How does the mobile food pantry work?
- Trucks deliver produce, meat, bread, and nonperishable items to the prearranged site.
- Local volunteers set up a farmers market-style distribution system.
- Food is given to people in need at the scheduled time.
- Participants stay in the vehicle and unlock the trunk or backseat.
- Volunteers safely place a prepackaged food box or bag in the designated area.
- Volunteers reset the space to its original condition when the food is gone.
To see if there is a mobile food pantry near you, family, or friends who may be in need, visit Food Bank of Iowa, go.iastate.edu/RZLEVJ.