Changes in response to COVID:
• More food provided at each visit
• Expanded service hours in the Food Bank
• New grocery delivery service in partnership with area non-profits
Benefits of new site:
• Providing a larger space so that clients can stay safely distanced in the new location
• Return to “client choice,” allowing clients to select their own items
• Serving as a warm, safe atmosphere during the cold, winter months while clients select their groceries
Since the start of the pandemic, we have implemented many changes
to how we provide services. In order to maintain social distancing among clients, volunteers, and staff, we began providing pre-packaged bags of food. We also launched a food delivery program in partnership with other area non-profits. Through this program, we deliver free groceries to Johnson County residents.
These adjustments have been critical to our continued operation, however, our goal was to return to full service. That’s why we’ve opened a new location.
Providing the option for clients to select all of their items makes a big difference. Many of our clients rely on the Food Bank for weekly groceries for their families. While we do our best to provide options for folks receiving pre-packed bags, they may not meet 100% of the unique dietary needs of every individual.
We have brought back more of our volunteers, providing plenty of PPE and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between everyone in the building.
The new site is located at 1045 Highway 6 East in Pepperwood Plaza in the South District of Iowa City.
Despite the many limitations created by the pandemic, for the second year in a row, we had a record year. We distributed 2,208,774 lbs. of food. We expect this need to continue to increase with the economic impacts of the pandemic.
We are grateful for your support and wish wellness to you and your loved ones.
CommUnity Food Pantry at Pepperwood Plaza will make every effort to be open during normal hours in all weather conditions. We may have to provide emergency, bagged food if severe weather makes it impossible for enough staff and volunteers to come in. We will close the Food Pantry and stop our services only when staff cannot safely make it to the Food Pantry. Closures will be listed on the homepage of our website, KCRG-TV and KGAN-TV. You can also call 319-351-0128 to find out our services during bad weather.
Please note that CommUnity Food Bank will be CLOSED at 1121 S. Gilbert Ct. until further notice.
Monday: 12PM – 4:30PM
Tuesday: 12PM – 7PM
Wednesday: 12PM – 4:30PM
Thursday: 9:30AM – 4:30PM
Friday: 12PM – 4:30PM
Saturday: 9:30AM – 2PM