Retail Store Donations

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank sends refrigerated trucks to area grocery stores and restaurants every week to pick up donated food that would otherwise be thrown away. The items include slightly dented cans, torn cereal boxes, produce, dairy, eggs and meat approaching its “sell-by” date. The stores freeze the meat and it remains frozen until it is donated to partner agencies for distribution.


The food is brought back to the food bank to be sorted and distributed by our partner hunger relief agencies, our on-site emergency food pantry and mobile pantries.

Good Samaritan Law

Under the 1996 Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, a federal statute, anyone who donates food in good faith to a food bank or gleaning organization is protected from all liability associated with that product. NEIFB and our partner agencies follow strict food handling and safety procedures to ensure that the people we serve receive the highest-quality food possible.

Food Safety

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is an AIB International certified facility and meets the same food-handling and safety regulations that govern the food and grocery industry.

Reduce Waste

Retail store donations to the food bank reduce your waste costs while you help alleviate hunger in Northeast Iowa.

You Can Help


To become a Retail Store Partner or for more information, contact Sheri Huber-Otting at or 319-235-0507 ext. 108.