Donating Food and Clothing

TOP TEN NEEDS:
1. Financial Donations
($1 can purchase 5lbs of food!)
2. Toilet Paper
3. Canned Fruit
4. Soup & Stews
5. 100% Fruit Juices
6. Canned Veggies
7. Feminine Hygiene Items
8. Shampoo & Conditioner
9. Soap & Body Wash
10. Kid friendly snacks

Contribute Food
About 25,000 pounds of food is distributed each month, it takes a lot to keep the Pantry going. Those who want to contribute individually are welcome to drop off food at the Pantry  ( 89 N Jones Blvd ) at any time between 12PM and 5PM Monday – Thursday. 

*Please do not leave food outside of the Pantry doors for food safety reasons, it will be thrown away*

For information on putting together a food drive, click on this link:
How to Hold a Successful Food Drive. If you do decide to organize an office, school, or community food drive please contact the Pantry to set up a time to drop it off.

Donate Clothing

Due to limited space, the Pantry can only accept the following items:
– In Season clothing (currently Spring & Summer)
– Clean and washed clothing without stains, rips, holes, or broken buttons or zippers
– New, used socks & underwear for all ages

Clothing donations are accepted at the food pantry Mon.-Thurs. 12pm -5pm. Anyone who would like to organize an office, school, or community clothing drive may contact the Pantry for assistance.

Over 20,000 pieces of clothing were given out in 2019, almost all of it donated from the community. Gently used children’s clothing in all sizes needed. Adult clothing is limited to work/professional wear only (no personalized or run/event T-shirts, costumes, or loungewear). Shoes of all sizes in good, gently used condition also accepted.

If you have other clothing NOT in season, you can benefit the Pantry by donating them to Goodwill of the Heartland in Coralville. Goodwill helps us by providing vouchers that can be used in their stores. This enables us to assist adults with clothing while making the best use of our limited space for clothing.

In the fall, new and gently used coats and outerwear are accepted. New socks and underwear are distributed three times per year and always accepted. If you are interested in donating to or helping with these drives, please contact the Pantry.

The 2021 annual coat distributions served over 300 children and adults and involved dozens of volunteers. Staff stated: “seeing the community mobilize to help fellow neighbors in need was an awesome experience. Even better was watching the children wear their new snow pants, coats, and other winter gear out of the distribution smiling from ear to ear.”