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Read our latest press releases and best-practices as developments emerge.

General Information

Learn more on how COVID-19 could impact our operations, why it's important to us, and why you should care.

Programs, Deliveries, & Pickups

Do you use one of our services or are you one of our partner agencies? Find everything you need to know, here.

Volunteering

Until further notice, we will still accept volunteers and groups of 15-20 people. We welcome low-risk individuals and come in and help us as we pack emergency boxes for our pantry and agency partners in northeast Iowa.

Donations

We need your help now more than ever. With fewer food-donations and retail product avaliable, any financial contribution or fundraiser you put on, will help us raise the money we need to acquire and distribute food to children, seniors and families in our serivce area.

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Our Preparedness Planning
38 years of food-safety best-practices are at the foundation of our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

Through our Feeding America network of experts, our team at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank has been able to develop a preventative measures plan that is based heavily on our rigorous food-safety training and accreditations to implement what many are now coming to learn as universal best-practices when these situations arise. We will rely on 4 key food-safety principles as we scale our new developments in our operations throughout northeast Iowa.

Feeling sick? Stay home.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more.
Use hand sanatizer. Use it often.
Keep a 6 foot distance from staff, volunteers and clients.
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Cedar Valley Food Pantry

Cedar Valley Food Pantry will remain open for normal hours. There will be no weekly produce pantry as of March 16th until further notice.

Mobile Food Pantries

Mobile Food Pantries will continue to operate during their normal schedules. Food will be distributed directly off of our trucks, to accommodate for the anticipated increased need. Visitors are reminded to bring any extra bags/boxes to carry-out the grocery items they receive.

BackPacks & Kids Cafe

BackPack program and Kid’s Café program operations will continue as normal. We continue to follow the guidance of participating schools, and as the situation evolves, we will continue to provide meals and snacks as determined by each school’s preparedness plan.

Elderly Nutrition

Elderly Nutrition services will continue to be delivered, with Emergency Boxes being set up at existing sites during normal operating and delivery times.

Agency Deliveries

Agencies receiving deliveries will be required to order their food through our online ordering system.

Agency Shopping

Our onsite Agency Shopping center will be closed to walk-in agencies beginning Wednesday, March 18th, and all pick up orders will begin operating by appointment only.

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We Need Volunteers
For the rest of the week we will have open volunteer shifts (no volunteer orientation required) to help us pack BackPacks and emergency food boxes for our pantry and partner agencies. Please keep in mind that if you are a part of a vulnerable population, please stay home to avoid any risk of getting sick.
Tuesday, March 17

9am-11am
1pm-3pm
Wednesday, March 18

9am-11am
1pm-3pm
Thursday, March 19

9am-11am
1pm-3pm
Friday, March 20

9am-11am
How To Volunteer
We will be taking the necessary steps to ensure we spread groups out and have hand washing stations, gloves, and hand sanitizer available for those here assisting us. Also, we ask that any child under 14 years of age needs to be accompanied by an adult if they choose to volunteer.

If you do have free time this week, please sign-up below, call us at 319-235-0507, or email one one of our volunteer representatives below:
Group Volunteers

To schedule multiple people for one of these volunteer times, contact Dan Bohnker, Group Volunteer Coordinator, at dbhonker@northeastiowafoodbank.org.

Individual Volunteers

For scheduling a volunteer time for yourself, please contact Maddie Christensen, Individual Volunteer Coordinator, at mchristensen@northeastiowafoodbank.org.

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UPDATES
Cedar Valley Food Pantry

We have implemented a curbside, drive-through distribution where you will stay in your vehicle and food will be put into your vehicle by staff or volunteers! In addition, we have new hours effective immediately:

Monday - Thursday
9:00AM - 3:00PM
Friday
9:00AM - 12:00PM
UPDATE
NEW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Resource Page Added

With recent development surrounding the growing Coronavirus concern, we have created a resource hub for the public, our clients, parters, and donors who want to learn more about how we are responding, and how our operations will continue during this unprecedented time.

Volunteerism Amidst COVID-19
A Redesigned Experience
Hygienic. Distanced. Impactful..

We are working within the recommended guidelines set forth by the Governor and local health officials, by implementing a "hybrid social-distancing" model: multiple groups of 10, low-risk, healthy, motivated, and passionate individuals, maintaining 3-6 foot distance at all times, following strict hand-washing and sanitation practices. And the best part? We still have a great time doing it!

UPDATE
Empty Bowls Moves To 2-Week Online Auction Format

We have decided to move our Empty Bowls event to a two-week, online silent auction beginning on Friday, March 27 and ending on Friday, April 10. This two-week silent auction will be critical for the Food Bank, as the Empty Bowls event typically provides funds that can supply up to 120,000 meals for those suffering from hunger in northeast Iowa. We encourage anyone to create an account on our auctioning platform by going to www.EmptyBowls.live/signup to become a mobile bidder during this Empty Bowls two-week silent auction.

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Donate to our Emergency COVID-19 Preparedness Fund

Perhaps now more than ever, is when donations and other means of support can make the most impact. With donations, up to $10,000, being matched throughout April, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank will count on this support as we prepare strategies for numerous scenarios that may develop over the following months.

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Calling All Facebook Fundraisers
Leverage your social network to help us put our Preparedness Plan into action.

Call your friends and family to action and help us scale social good by starting a Facebook Fundraiser to collect donations online. Start with a small goal of as little as $50 -$100 and every dollar you donate will help us provide up to 4 meals to those dealing with situational hunger due to the impact of the Cononavirus, as well as to help us continue serving children, seniors, and families in northeast Iowa already experiencing hunger.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS
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Looking for updates on all the latest news regarding our COVID-19 Preparedness Planning? Then look no further. Find the most up to information on our programs, volunteering, donations, and other COVID-19 related developments.