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Football Viewing Party, December 30

Franklin American Mortgage Company is hosting a viewing party of the Music City Bowl on Tuesday, December 30 at 2pm. Join us at The Front Row, 9956 Swanson Blvd. in Clive to cheer on Notre Dame or LSU, enjoy food and refreshments, and prizes! All donations will support the Urbandale Food Pantry!
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Urbandale Public Library features the Pantry

The Urbandale Public Library's display is featuring the Urbandale Food Pantry all month in December.

Urbandale Library Display


Capital City Command collects food items November 1

On Saturday, November 1, several members of the nonprofit football team, Capital City Command, collected food items at the Urbandale and Windsor Heights Hy-Vee stores, the Urbandale Fareway, and Dahl's on Merle Hay Rd., for the Feed-A-Family holiday meals program. Thanks, everyone!

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Capital City Command at Dahl's

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Capital City Command at Windsor Heights Hy-Vee

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Capital City Command at Urbandale Fareway

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Capital City Command at Urbandale Hy-Vee


UFP at Urbandale Chamber After Hours, October 9

Pre-owned Solutions, owned by Mona and Tab Miller, hosted the Urbandale Chamber's After Hours event on October 9, 2014. The Pantry was invited to present and have a table to inform attendees about the Pantry and the Feed-A-Family program.

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Pre-owned Solutions' owners, Mona and Tab Miller.

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UFP Executive Director, Eileen Boggess, talks to attendees.

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UFP table at the event.


Pantry Director Eileen Boggess's Remarks at new DMARC Warehouse Grand Opening

You can also watch an edited collection of various remarks shared at the Grand Opening (3-minute video)


Boy Scout Troop 96 Collects Food for the Pantry!

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Boy Scout Troop 96 collected food items and brought them to the Pantry Monday May 19. Troop 96 is chartered by Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Urbandale and is comprised of scouts and leaders from Urbandale, Johnston and West Des Moines. Thank you Scouts!


April 17 Chamber Event at Preowned Solutions

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A big crowd came out for the Urbandale Chamber and Greater Des Moines Partnership event at Preowned Solutions, co-owned by Mona and Tab Miller. The Urbandale Food Pantry was the designated charity; we gathered over $300 in tips and donations during the two-hour event. Thank you to Mona and Tab and all of the attendees!

See more photos below:

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UFP Executive Director Eileen Boggess, with Board Members Julie Fugenschuh and Julie Haggerty.

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Board Member Megan Kruse talking with attendees.

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UFP Board President Sue Koch and Board Member Andrea Heerdt talk with an attendee.

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UFP Executive Director Eileen raises awareness about who the Pantry serves.

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Preowned Solutions co-owner and event host, Mona Miller, talks to the gathered crowd.

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Board Member Bill Mech gets ready for the Pantry's door prize drawing for the "Imagine Enough for Everyone" print.

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UFP Print Winner Becky DeVries with Board Member (and print creator) Jane Robinette.


We Are a "Choice" Pantry

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After careful consideration, the Urbandale Food Pantry has become a "choice" pantry for canned goods and personal care items. The choice pantry is a model of emergency food distribution that enables clients to select their own food items, much like a grocery store, to better meet their personal dietary needs.

The choice model offers many advantages, including:

  • empowering, honoring, and uplifting the dignity and ethnic diversity of the people we serve
  • enhancing satisfaction and reducing waste because clients are able to choose foods they will use
  • identifying popular items to guide Pantry food donations and food drives
  • providing greater opportunities for volunteers and clients to interact in social and supportive ways

The UFP choice model will use flip charts (with pictures for our non-English speaking clients) showing how many of each canned good the family will receive. A volunteer shopping partner will guide the client through the shelves and the client will choose which food they want from each category.

We are excited about becoming a choice pantry, and thank you for your continued support as we try to serve our clients in new and more effective ways.


$5,000 Grant from Prairie Meadows

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The Urbandale Food Pantry has received a $5,000.00 grant from Prairie Meadows through its 2014 Community Betterment Grant Program. The 2014 Prairie Meadows Community Betterment grant award will help to purchase personal care items for clients of the Urbandale Food Pantry.

"Our goal is to provide a personal care item bag containing shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, soap, laundry detergent to each of the families receiving a DMARC monthly supply of food from the Urbandale Food Pantry," said Eileen Boggess, executive director. "The Community Betterment grant from Prairie Meadows will ensure our clients will continue to receive these much-needed items."

The Prairie Meadows Grants Advisory Committee, comprised of community, business and education leaders from the greater Des Moines area, thoroughly review all Community Betterment Grant Applications. After their review the Grant Advisory Committee presents their funding recommendations to the Prairie Meadows Board of Directors for review and approval. Prairie Meadows has given more than $1.4 billion through taxes, grants and charitable donations to the state of Iowa. More than $600 million of that figure has remained right here in our community to promote economic development, agriculture, jobs and tourism.


The Pantry Has A Little Free Library!

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little free library

The Urbandale Girl Scout Troop #806 built a Little Free Library for our neighbors in need at the Pantry. A Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. Anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too! Learn more at: