Mom’s Guide to Cedar Rapids Area Food Pantries and Food Assistance Programs

Whether you’re in need of food assistance in the Cedar Rapids Area, or are looking to donate items or volunteer your time to a Cedar Rapids food pantry or program, we’ve got you covered with our Guide to Cedar Rapids Area Food Pantries and Food Assistance Programs! 

Cedar Rapids Area Food Pantries & Food Assistance Programs*Times and days are subject to change. Always confirm with each individual program before attending.

First Lutheran Church Saturday Evening Meal Program

1000 3rd Ave E, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: A warm meal with no qualifications for gaining access to the meal. They also provide personal toiletries on the 4th Saturday of the month.

When: Saturdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

How to volunteer/donate: Contact Vicki Hughes at [email protected].


First Presbyterian Church Sunday Evening Meal

310 5th Street SE, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: A warm meal with no qualifications for gaining access to the meal. They also try to provide winter season coats and personal toiletries as available.

When: Sundays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

How to volunteer/donate: Call 319-364-6148.


Green Square Meals

605 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: A warm meal with no qualifications for service.

When: Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

How to volunteer/donate: You can donate monetarily through the paypal on their site, or drop of checks to their location. You can also bring food donations to the site. Call 319-365-6652 for hours and availability.


Mission of Hope

1700 B Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: Free lunch, food pantry, emergency clothing.

When: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., lunch served Noon to 1:00 p.m.

How to volunteer/donate: You can donate online or go to their site for how to mail checks. If you want to volunteer, please go to their website to fill out the volunteer application and submit it to the director.


Neighborhood Meal and Enrichment Program

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1340 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: A warm meal. No qualifications for service.

When: Monday through Friday from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the summer months when school is not in session.

How to donate/volunteer:  Contact Kate Buroker at 319-362-5285 or email [email protected].


The Salvation Army Meal Program

1000 C Ave NW, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: A warm meal with no qualification for service.

When: Breakfast is served Monday through Friday 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., Lunch is Monday through Friday from Noon to 1:00 p.m. They also serve traditional holiday meals for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

How to volunteer/donate: You can donate money at online at their site. If you want to volunteer, you can fill out a volunteer application on their website.


Cedar Hill Community Church Open Hands Food Panty

6455 E Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: Pre-packaged food. Must bring ID or Driver’s License. Limited to once a calendar month.

When: Monday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How to volunteer/donate: Call 319-390-4728.


Church of God 7th Day Food Panty

1691 Airport Rd, Marion

What they provide: Food and clothing. Anyone is eligible, but you need to provide the number, name and address of the members in the household to receive food.

When: Thursdays from Noon to 3:00 p.m.

How to volunteer/donate: Call 319-377-8505.


Churches of Marion Food Pantry

First Presbyterian Church, 864 12th St, Marion

What they provide: One week supply of food per family. If you receive food stamps, you are not eligible. It will be determined if you are eligible once a month or once a week to receive.

When: Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

How to donate/volunteer: Call 319-377-7309.


Crossroads Mission

1006 2nd St Sw, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: Food and seasonal clothing. Showers and laundry facilities also available.

When: Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How to volunteer/donate: You can donate online. Volunteers can call 319-365-0707 or email [email protected]


Linn Community Food Bank Pantry

First Presbyterian Church, 310 5th St SE, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: Provide a 3 day emergency supply of food to families on a first come/first serve basis. Need picture ID for head of household, and also social security numbers for yourself and every member of the household before you can place your order. Can use the food bank 12 times in one year.

When: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How to volunteer/donate: Monetary donations are accepted, as are food donations. They can be dropped off directly. You can also host a food drive and donate that. Call 319-364-3543 with questions.


Metro Catholic Outreach

420 6th St SE, Suite 120, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: A food pantry for those in need, that can be accessed once per month. You will need to call to set up an appointment.

When: Food distribution is by appointment.

How to volunteer/donate: You can fill out a volunteer registration form online. You can also call 319-739-5490 with any questions.


Linn County Veterans Affairs Food Pantry

Linn County Veterans Affairs Office, 1240 26th Avenue Court, SW, Cedar Rapids

What they provide: A food pantry for qualifying Linn County veterans and their families. No appointment is necessary.

When: The food pantry is open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

How to volunteer/donate: Checks and non-perishable food items are accepted year-round during the above food pantry hours of operation. In addition, the VA Office also accepts meat and fresh fruits and vegetables. If you are interested in donating to the food pantry, please call in advance at 319-892-5160.

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