Each July, pantries in Johnson County host Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive to help fill the shelves. Throughout North Liberty, participating financial institutions go head-to-head to see which location can collect the most pounds of food. In 2017, Great Western Bank won the Traveling Turkey Trophy to display, collecting over 8,300 pounds of food.
Monetary donations were converted to 4 pounds per $1, which is the average cost for the Pantry to purchase food from Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s (HACAP) food reservoir.
Thanksgiving in July Food Drive
We host a food drive during the month of July in the community. Drop off your food/financial* donations at local financial institutions.
- Collins Community Credit Union
- Great Western Bank
- Hills Bank Forevergreen
- Hills Bank Zeller
- MidWestOne Bank
- University of Iowa Community Credit Union
- U.S. Bank
*Tax deductible donations will be counted 4 pounds/$1.
We encourage businesses, churches, and individuals to participate in Thanksgiving in July.
Help us raise 20,000 pounds of food donations to feed the community.
Thanksgiving in July History
Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive, was created fifteen years ago by Mercy Iowa City (Chef Ron Hall) and Hawkeye Foodservice Distribution in Tiffin. The six tons of food and funds collected the first year went to the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank. Since then the food drive has continued to develop and expand. The 2016 food drive includes food pantries and food relief agencies in Iowa City, Coralville, Tiffin, North Liberty, as well as other areas in Iowa.