Each July, Johnson County pantries host Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive to help fill the shelves during the time of year with the most need. Our goal is to collect 30,000 lbs. of food 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 go even further and can be made online directly to the Pantry. These donations are converted to 5 pounds per $1, 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 Mon. – Thur. 12pm-5pm (Please call ahead for large drive drop offs 319-626-2711)
North Liberty Fareway, 615 Westwood Drive
First Interstate Bank, 655 Community Drive
First United Methodist Church of North Liberty, 85 N. Jones Blvd
GreenState Credit Union, 585 W. Penn Street
HyVee, 3285 Crosspark Drive
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 650 240th Street
North Liberty MidWestOne Bank, 465 Hwy 965 NE, Suite A
Next Level Extreme Fitness, 650 Pacha Pkwy
North Liberty Library, 520 W. Cherry Street
St. Thomas More Church, 3000 12th Avenue, Coralville
Two Rivers Bank, 3292 Ridgeway Dr., Suite A, Coralville
Dunn Brothers Coffee, 3284 Crosspark Rd Ste A
Performance Health & Fitness, 3290 Ridgeway Dr Suite 1
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.