Donate to the Urbandale Food Pantry


Your Donation Helps Feed A Family In Polk County

Hunger is a daily battle for families affected by a sudden job loss or unforeseen medical expenses, seniors who rely on Social Security as their largest and sometimes only source of income, the working poor, the disabled, and immigrants who are trying to create a better life in our country. While the services the Urbandale Food Pantry offers won’t cure hunger, it does ensure that our neighbors won’t go to bed hungry each night.

When you give to the Urbandale Food Pantry, you are stocking the shelves and putting food on the table for families in the Des Moines metro who often go without. Feeding America, a network of nationwide food pantries, estimates that over 50,000 people in Polk County identify as food insecure.

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Monetary Donations

Monetary donations help us purchase highly sought after items, at a discount from our partner retailers. You can make an online donation, give through a check, or become a recurring donor to show your ongoing support. No matter how you give, know you are helping feed a hungry family in our community.

Checks can be made out to the Urbandale Food Pantry and mailed or dropped off to the following address:

7611 Douglas Ave, Suite 34 & 35
Urbandale, Iowa 50322
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Recurring Donations

Recurring Donations are a great way to provide support to the Pantry all year long without having to remember to send a check or donate online. Fill out a one-time authorization form and return it to the Pantry to begin monthly donations.
Printable Recurring Donation Form  
Individuals can become a monthly donor at the following levels (or any amount you choose):

Benefactor: $100/month
Sponsor: $50/month
Supporter: $25/month
Helper: $10/month

Community Partnerships

Support from community partners in local businesses, churches, and organizations around the Des Moines metro are vital to our ability to serve our neighbors in need. If you would like to become a partner of the Urbandale Food Pantry, please contact our Executive Director for more information.
Community partners can become a monthly donor at the following levels (or any amount you choose):

Business Benefactor: $1,000/month
Business Sponsor: $500/month
Business Supporter: $250/month
Business Helper: $100/month
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Food Drives and Fundraising Events

If you want to hold a food drive or fundraiser to benefit the Urbandale Food Pantry, contact our Executive Director for more information on coordinating with the Pantry for an event.
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Amazon Smile

Shop and donate simultaneously through our AmazonSmile partnership. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to the Urbandale Food Pantry when shopping through AmazonSmile. Sign in using your regular Amazon credentials on smile.amazon.com and search for the Urbandale Food Pantry to donate. This is one of the easiest ways to support the Pantry throughout the year.
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In-Kind Donations

Donations of food and personal care items keep the Pantry stocked and ready to serve members of our community in need of a warm meal or basic hygiene products. Ongoing donations throughout the year are encouraged to ensure we can remain a reliable partner in the fight against hunger in the Des Moines metro. Donations can be dropped off at the following address during normal business hours.

Urbandale Food Pantry
7611 Douglas Ave, Suite 34 & 35
Urbandale, Iowa 50322


Donated Food We Accept  

Our mission of providing food to families in need is made possible through the support of generous donations from local businesses, grocery stores, and individual donors giving what they can. We encourage donations for the following food items:

  • Canned goods (tuna, chicken, fruits & vegetables, soups..etc)

  • Fresh produce (apples, bananas, potatoes, vegetables..etc)

  • Boxed cereal, pasta, rice, granola or other grains

  • Milk
  • Crackers, chips, oatmeal, granola bars and other packaged snacks

  • Assorted nuts and mixes

  • Peanut butter
  • Meals in a box (Rice-A-Roni, Hamburger Helper, Stove Top, Mac & Cheese..etc)

  • Frozen meals

  • Cooking oils & dried spices


Donated Foods We Can't Accept  

Providing healthy and safe food to hungry families is our top priority at the Pantry. That’s why we only accept donated items that can be verified as fresh and safe to consume for our clients. If you are unsure about the eligibility of a donation, give us a call at 515-251-6688 or email info@urbandalefoodpantry.org and we will help you through the food donation process.

We are unable to accept the following food items:

  • Expired Foods

  • Open packages
  • Homemade goods

  • Dented or damaged items
  • Food in glass containers

  • Most refrigerated goods (including dairy products)
  • Bulk items


Donated Personal Care Items of the Month  

Offering personal care items is one of the many ways we go beyond being just a food pantry. We welcome donations of basic hygiene items throughout the year to give clients the right to have a dignified personal care routine. Businesses, local organizations, and churches are encouraged to collect the “item of the month” and donate the collection to the Pantry at the end of the month. Shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toilet paper, toothpaste, pads and tampons, large size diapers, and baby wipes are just a few examples of highly requested personal care items at the Pantry.

Community Donations

The ability to serve members of our community wouldn't be possible without the unwavering support of our volunteers. They stock shelves, help clients find food, collect donations, and manage the general office work. As the face of the Pantry, our volunteers are held to the highest standard of cultural competency when interacting with clients. Find out more about volunteer opportunities and get involved in the fight against hunger today.

Volunteer Opportunities  

Benefit Events

If you want to hold a food drive or fundraiser to benefit the Urbandale Food Pantry, contact our Executive Director for more information on coordinating with the Pantry for an event.

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Share a Holiday Meal with the Urbandale Food Pantry

For those without a reliable source of food, the holiday season can be a tough time of the year. For families without access to food, sharing a holiday meal is not a guarantee. We work to change that through initiatives like our Thanksgiving Feed-a-Family program. Each November we accept donations for turkeys and traditional side dishes to distribute to families around Polk County. In 2017, we put food on the plates of 1,191 families on Thanksgiving day. Giving to the Urbandale Food Pantry during the holiday season will help ensure everyone gets to partake in the tradition of sharing a meal with loved ones during this time of year.

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