The Crisis Center can’t help food-insecure families without donations from the community. Food drives of all sizes help keep our shelves full. Use these tips to get the most out of your efforts. Once your plans are set, please register your event using our online form.
Food drive theme months
- February: Spread the Love, peanut butter and jelly drive
- April: Shower The Crisis Center, baby food & products drive
- Food, formula, diapers, wipes, unopened bottles accepted (please no baby clothes, furniture, or accessories)
- July: Thanksgiving in July, summer hunger drive for kids
- October: TP The Crisis Center
- Toilet paper and other paper products (feminine hygiene products, paper towels, paper plates, etc.) accepted
- December: Project Holiday
- Canned, shelf-stable goods
Make your food drive plan
Time: Some food drives collect donations over a few weeks, while others happen on a single day. Two weeks is a good time span for a food drive in your office or school.
Location: Pick a visible and accessible spot to collect donations. A school library, office breakroom, or church lobby are all good examples. To reach the broader community, a public space like a local grocery store or somewhere on the University of Iowa campus often works well.
Drop-off: Please make plans to deliver your donations to 1121 Gilbert Ct. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Tuesdays until 7:00 p.m. We ask that you avoid dropping off during the noon hour as that is our busiest time of day serving clients. Let us know when you’re coming in the form below and we can arrange to meet you and snap a photo of you and your donations.
Ideas for an extra edge
Special events: Partnering with an event that’s already planned is a good way to reach more people.
Make it a contest: Organizing a food drive competition between different classes or office departments can be fun and productive.
Company support: Ask your manager about whether your company can make a donation or offer perks to employees who get involved.
Find a niche: People respond better to food drives for specific items. Our most needed items are peanut butter, diapers, toilet paper, and hearty soups. Also consider one of our theme months.
Here are ways The Crisis Center
can support your food drive:
Media relations: The Crisis Center can let local news organizations know about your event.
Online: We’ll use our website and social media pages to let the community know how to help.
Helpful items: Let us know a couple weeks before your food drive and we’ll lend you donation barrels and a lockbox for monetary donations.
A friendly face: Let us know about your event a month in advance and The Crisis Center can often send a staffer to meet with supporters and talk about the organization. Due to limited staff resources, The Crisis Center cannot pick up donations or participate in every event.
Click to download a printable poster for your drive
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Canned Fruit & 100% Fruit Juice
Pastas & Rice
Hearty Soups & Stews
Baby Diapers (all sizes)
Baby Formula & Food