The Northeast Iowa Food Bank needs your help to collect Personal care items for Families. Local businesses, churches, and schools can contribute to this campaign by receiving barrels to put in a desired location so that people can donate as they come and go.

There are several locations including Walmarts and Fareways throughout the Cedar Valley that will be hosting a closing event for period of 6 hours on August 6th and August 13th. At the closing events, volunteers will be there to educate and distribute a list of items to customers; customers can then choose to donate something on the list.

Participants may also choose to have a barrel dropped off where they may advertise the need for the items; NEIFB will plan to pick these items up at participant’s discretion.

Personal care item donations go to help the nearly 2,200 families who visit the Cedar Valley Food Pantry each month, as well as other pantries served through the Food Bank’s 16-county service area. Northeast Iowa Food Bank needs these items to help families that are not able to purchase with the SNAP benefits or other food vouchers. These Personal care items are essential in personal hygiene, overall health and the well-being of families.

Last year, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank received more than 2,500 pounds of personal care item donations.

Personal Care items are often the hardest for people in need to access, because they are expensive and if you are a SNAP recipient, SNAP dollars don’t pay for these items." - Barbara Prather, Executive Director



Any Personal care items, food donations, including fresh produce, may be delivered to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank at 1605 Lafayette Street, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Fridays from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM



To schedule a pickup for larger donations, or drop off of a Barrel if you wish to participate, or for more information on locations near you participating, contact Sheri Huber-Otting at 319-235-0507 ext. 108 or, -or- Sabrina Hill at 319-610-9416.

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank provides nutritious food and grocery products, to about 200 nonprofit organizations and programs who assist the hungry, and to individuals who need food assistance to sustain life. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 6 million pounds of food within a 16-county service area.

The Food Bank provides eight programs that serve the community-Member Agency Distribution, Cedar Valley Food Pantry, the BackPack Program, Kids Cafe, Elderly Nutrition, Mobile Food Pantries, Summer Feeding and a Community Garden. Encompassing all of these programs is nutrition education. The Food Bank is a member of the Iowa Food Bank Association and Feeding America.