Reducing hunger and improving the health of our community are our main priorities.
Weekly Food Assistance
The Coralville Community Food Pantry maintains a client-choice food distribution model, where food insecure families and individuals can visit the pantry once to a week to freely select food and personal care items that best suit their unique needs. To avoid unnecessary barriers, the only qualification to receive assistance is to be a Coralville resident. We know that hunger is unpredictable and can affect individuals of any income level, employment status, race, age, gender, ability, or sexual orientation. The pantry offers food assistance three times a week; on Tuesdays from 2-6pm, Thursdays from 10am-Noon, and Saturdays from 10:30am-1pm. The average household visits the pantry twice a month and selects 27 pounds of food per visit.
School Break Nutrition
A break from school shouldn’t mean a break from food. Many Coralville families with limited resources count on free school breakfasts and the Free & Reduced Lunch Program to ensure that their children receive adequate nourishment. The goal of the food pantry's School Break Nutrition Program is to prevent childhood hunger in the Coralville community when school is not in session. Through special food distributions that take place during school breaks, the pantry provides client families with a week's worth of breakfast and lunch foods for every child in the household. In 2017, we will implement six separate distributions, through which 20,000 meal equivalents will be provided to Coralville children.
Wednesday, May 24: 5-7pm
Thursday, May 25: 10am-noon
Saturday, May 27: 10:30am-1pm
Tuesday, May 30: 2-6pm
The food pantry’s Seed Library promotes gardening and healthy food choices by making heirloom vegetable seeds freely available to food pantry clients and community gardeners. The goal of this project is twofold: 1) to empower pantry clients to grow their own food by providing vital materials, tools, and information, and 2) to encourage community members to grow and donate fresh produce to pantry. In 2016, over 1,200 seed packets were distributed, and over 4,500 pounds of locally-grown produce was donated this past growing season.
Free Community Meal
Food is about more than survival—it’s about building community. The Free Community Meal is our intentional effort to de-stigmatize hunger and poverty by bringing together our entire community around the same dinner table. In addition to providing a free and nourishing meal, this program offers opportunities for individuals from different backgrounds to prepare, serve, and eat, as well as listen, learn, and teach alongside one another. Each meal draws between 150-200 attendees. In 2017, we plan to implement four Free Community Meals—one per quarter.
The next Community Meal is coming up on Friday, June 9 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Coralville Public Library.