Food Assistance


Monthly Food Pantry:

This program is designed to provide a two to three-day provision of groceries to families. Households will receive a pre-packaged meal box or bag based on the number of people within their household.

Where Are The Food Pantries?

Food Pantry packages can be picked up at our Boone, and Drake Resource Centers. Polk County residences can also choose to have their package delivered. Food pantry visitors must call ahead prior to coming to an office as all offices are closed to walk-in traffic. All of our food pantries are an equal opportunity provider. View the USDA non-discrimination statement.

You may also view the TEFAP form that all households must sign when using the food pantry. We are currently accepting verbal signatures.

Am I Eligible?

All families in need of food are able to receive it at any of our food pantries.  Households may access this service once per calendar month.

How Can I Get My Food Package?

Families will have two options for collecting their food pantry order.

  • Pick-Up: Families can collect their food packages at the Drake and Boone food pantries. Staff will place the food pantry package at a safe social distance for families to retrieve.

  • Delivery: Families living in Polk County can also choose to have their food pantry package delivered to their home. Food pantry packages will be delivered the day after they complete the intake process with our staff. The packages will likely be delivered sometime between 11:30am-1:30pm. 


Anytime Shelves

Our Boone, Drake and Ankeny Food Pantries also have 'Anytime Shelves'. At this time, all “Anytime” items will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis on shelving located outside the office doors. Families do not need to call or speak with a staff member to use the anytime shelves.  Items vary daily. 


Food Cards

IMPACT Resource Centers located in counties where we do not have a food pantry (Jasper, Marion, and Warren) offer limited access to food cards for local grocery stores. Please contact your local Resource Center to check on the availability of the cards.