Donate Food

It is estimated that, through all of our programs, we are serving at least 40,000 different people annually. Nearly 40% of them are children and almost 10% are seniors. Your food donations go a long way in feeding hungry individuals and families in Northeast Iowa.


Food Drives

Benefits of Donating

Liability Protection

Under the Good Samaritan Act, businesses are protected from liability when donating in good faith to a nonprofit organization. 

Tax Benefit

Donations are fully tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. 

We Handle Your Donations Safely

Employees who handle food donations have been trained in food safety.  Our trucks are refrigerated to ensure temperature control from pick-up to delivery.

Recall Capabilities

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank makes sure that product that leaves our warehouse or the Cedar Valley Food Pantry is able to be recalled if necessary. 

Free Pick-Ups

Donated items may be picked up from your business Monday through Friday with a minimum of two-day’s notice to the Food Bank.

Local PR

When donating to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, you are helping hungry families and individuals in Northeast Iowa!  We will try our best to recognize your efforts whether it be on our Web site, in our quarterly newsletter, through our thank you receipts, and by word of mouth!



Our Food Donation Acceptance Policy

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank can accept the following product donations of:  

Product near
expiration date


Expired product with extended
shelf-life recommendations           


Frozen Food items near date 


Mislabeled items      


Off-Spec items 


Personal Care Items 


Seasonal items 


Promotional items 


Discontinued products 


Perishable foods 


Slightly dented/damaged product       




 Click here to view Food Shelf Life Information



The Northeast Iowa Food Bank cannot accept the following items:

Homemade or home canned products
Boxed food items with inner seals torn, punctured, or signs of infestation or spoilage
Prepared foods
Canned foods that are severely dented, rusted, bulged, or show signs of leakage


For More Information
Contact Sheri Huber-Otting, Food Solicitor, at (319) 235-0507 ext. 108 or by email at


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