Each July, pantries in Johnson County host Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive to help fill the shelves. We are asking for your help! We have a goal to collect 30,000 pounds of food donations to feed the community! We encourage businesses, churches, and individuals to participate in Thanksgiving in July by holding a food drive. Download a poster to display with your collection.
Financial donations are also encouraged and can be made online directly to the Pantry. These donations are converted to 5 pounds per $1, which is the average cost for the Pantry to purchase food from Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s (HACAP) food reservoir.
Drop off your donations at any of the following North Liberty locations (to be updated as more collections begin!):
North Liberty Community Pantry, 89 N Jones Blvd
Fareway, 615 Westwood Drive
GreenState Community Credit Union, 585 W. Penn Street
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 650 240th Street
MidWestOne Bank, 465 Hwy 965 NE, Suite A
Next Level Extreme Fitness, 650 Pacha Pkwy
North Liberty Library, 520 W. Cherry Street
Thanksgiving in July History
Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive, was created more than 20 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 drives include food pantries and food relief agencies in Iowa City, Coralville, Tiffin, North Liberty, as well as other areas in Iowa.