The Northeast Iowa Food Bank announced today that it will be expanding services throughout February in response to seeing an increased need for food throughout their 16-county service area over the recent months. With the recent record low weather, school closings, and the after effects of the government shutdown, the following services and their schedules for the month of February will be as follows:

  • The Cedar Valley Food Pantry will have three extra Produce & Perishable Giveaway times, where current clients can receive extra food. This extra distribution does not eliminate people coming in on their scheduled times for service in the month. Though the Produce and Perishable Giveaway is normally held every Thursday from, 3:45PM-4:30PM, the extra Giveaways, will be held on:
    • Monday, February 11th | 4:15PM-5:00PM
    • Monday, February 25th | 4:15PM-5:00PM
    • Monday, March 11th | 4:15PM-5:00PM
  • For those interested in receiving food from the Cedar Valley Food Pantry, you may bring a valid I.D. and it is requested that you also bring proof of address to apply for a free monthly membership that allows clients to use the pantry once a month, upon review of our income guidelines and the applicant’s current situation. The times for new applications are reviewed during these walk-in hours:
    • Mondays – Wednesdays | 12:30PM – 4:15PM
    • Thursdays | 12:30PM – 2:30PM & 5:15PM – 6:15PM
    • Fridays | 8:15AM – 11:15AM
  • This February, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank will also be increasing the amount of food distributed through each of the 13 mobile food pantries that operate once a month in rural northeast Iowa communities:
    • 9th | West Union| CrossFire Church | 10:00AM – 11:00AM | Held every 2nd Saturday of the month
    • 12th | Shell Rock | Boyd Community Building | 5:00PM-6:00PM | Held every 2nd Tuesday of the month
    • 12th | Waverly | Vineyard Community Church | 5:30PM-6:30PM | Held every 2nd Tuesday of the month
    • 13 | Oelwein | Oelwein Community Plaza | Held every 2nd Wednesday of each month | 5:00PM-6:30PM
    • 16th | Guttenberg | St. John’s Lutheran Church | 10:00AM-11:00AM | Held every 3rd Saturday of the month
    • 21st | New Hampton | Trinity Lutheran Church | 5:00PM-6:30PM | Held every 3rd Thursday of the month
    • 23rd | Grundy Center | Grundy Family YMCA | 9:30AM-10:30AM | Held every 4th Saturday of the month
    • 23rd | Independence | West Elementary School | Held every 4th Saturday of each month | 9:00AM-10:30AM
    • Feb 26th | Osage | Prairie Lakes Church | 5:30PM-6:30PM | Held every 4th Tuesday of the month
    • Feb 28th |Tripoli | Faith United Church of Christ | Held every 4th Thursday of each month | 5:00PM-6:00PM
    • 2nd | Cresco | Crestwood Elementary School | Held every 1st Saturday of each month |10:00AM-12:00PM
    • 6th | Malcom | Community Center/Auditorium | Held every 1st Wednesday of each month | 4:30PM-6:00PM
    • 7th | Manchester | New Life Assembly of God | Held every 1st Thursday of each month | 5:00PM-6:30PM

“Our research shows that currently there are over 45,000 people in northeast Iowa who are experiencing hunger. Now, those numbers can fluctuate at any given time, due to a myriad of factors ranging from personal life tragedies and unfortunate circumstances, to large-scale economic downturns and unpredictable natural disasters,” said Barb Prather, Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. “Recently, we’ve seen an increase in the number of these unfortunate outside events happening to our communities. There is no reason to sit idly by and act like this is not happening, and we have the infrastructure to respond to these events, especially if we have the communities’ support.”

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank will need additional volunteers in order to meet the needs of communities in northeast Iowa who are experiencing hunger during this time. The public is also asked to consider donating, as rural hunger in northeast Iowa is becoming more known, and the resources needed to tackle this rising issue increase as the need does. More information about how to volunteer or how to receive assistance, please contact the Northeast Iowa Food Bank at 319-235-0507.

In addition, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank partners with other food pantries in northeast Iowa. If you are in need of food, please go to, select Get Help, and type in your zip code to find one of our hunger-relief partners nearest you. You can also call 211.