Food Pantry at Iowa
Our mission is to provide nutritious food and basic necessities for University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff in need, and to fight food insecurity through education and advocacy.
The Food Pantry is a free service available for ANY student, staff, or faculty member at the University of Iowa.
East Pantry location (278 IMU)
The current shopping date is Wednesday, September 23rd.
Please sign up HERE to reserve a time.
The Food Pantry at Iowa is providing time for clients to shop every Wednesday from 11-7 PM at 278 IMU. All pantry operations will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and University of Iowa health and safety guidelines.
On the date and time of shopping, bring your University ID card and any reusable bags to Room 278 of the Iowa Memorial Union. This room is on the second floor of the IMU, near the office of Marketing and Design. A map is provided below.
Pictured: a map of the second floor of the IMU. The food pantry is marked with a star, possible routes are marked in red.
West Pantry location (Pride Alliance Center)
The current grocery bag pick-up date is Sunday, September 27th.
Please sign up HERE to reserve a time. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 22nd at 8 PM.
After selecting a time slot, please be sure to fill out the ordering form HERE. The ordering form tells us what you would like in your bag. Please be sure to fill out both forms by 8pm on Tuesday of each week. We are not able to fill entries submitted after 8pm.
The Food Pantry at Iowa is providing food for pick-up at the Pride Alliance Center every Sunday from 3-5 PM until further notice. All pantry operations will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and University of Iowa health and safety guidelines.
On the date and time of pick-up, bring your University ID card to the Pride Alliance Center (125 Grand Avenue Court, Iowa City, Iowa).
Parking at the Pride Alliance Center: Clients may park temporarily in front of the Pride Alliance Center, as well as in Lot 14, which is right behind the Pride Alliance center and can be accessed from Melrose Avenue, or S Grand Avenue. The first 30 mins in Lot 14 is free.
Available items may include fresh produce, protein, beans, pasta, canned fruits/vegetables, soup, breakfast items, snacks, and toiletries. We will do our best to provide as many of these items as possible at each visit.
If you have any questions/concerns about this process OR have any issues on the day of pick-up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-335-3059 between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
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The Food Pantry at Iowa started after a group of University of Iowa students saw a pressing issue: peers at the University of Iowa were going hungry, unable to pay for the basic necessities to survive and attend college at the same time. In response to this, a group of passionate and motivated undergraduate students banded together to form the Food Pantry Steering Committee. The Food Pantry Steering Committee laid the ground work for establishing the Food Pantry at Iowa.
DonateDue to possible COVID-19 spread, we are unable to receive food donations for the time being. However, we are still accepting monetary donations. If you are interested, you can mail cash or check to the following address:
Food Pantry at Iowa
Iowa Memorial Union
125 N Madison St
Iowa City, IA 52242
To donate to the Food Pantry through the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, please select "see additional options or make multiple gifts" and then "other. " Specify it should be given to the Food Pantry at Iowa.
Volunteer with us!Volunteering at the food pantry is a semester commitment, but is flexible for any student's schedule. As an organization, we understand that academics are your first priority and we are happy to work around your schedule. We do ask our volunteers commit 1 - 2 hours per week, for the semester you plan to serve. Volunteers can work during the pantry's operating hours and/or help with inventory. During our operating hours, volunteers will supervise the pantry, greet and assist our clients.Learn More
Research DataThis report was generated by Dr. Sarah Bruch, Assistant Professor and Director of the Social and Education Policy Research Program.Learn More