The Northeast Iowa Food Bank distributes grocery products which are over-produced, nearing expiration date, damaged, mislabeled, improperly weighed, or cosmetically imperfect to approximately 200 nonprofit organizations in 16 counties through our Member Agency Distribution Program. Member agencies include nonprofit daycares, shelters, soup kitchens/congregate meal programs, and pantries to name a few.
Qualified nonprofit organizations pay a shared maintenance fee, which is anywhere from 0-21 cents per pound. Shared maintenance fees are not the cost for the grocery products but a fee that we are allowed to charge to help us recover some of the costs incurred with the transportation, handling and warehousing of the donated products. Many of the organizations we serve find that the food bank is an excellent way to stretch their food program budget.