One in 5 children in northeast Iowa faces hunger. When schools are closed for summer, kids who rely on free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch have less access to nutritious meals. The loss of two meals a day that were once provided as free or reduced cost can present a big challenge to some families in both urban and rural areas.

This summer, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank is partnering with 8 different sites, with help from many community partners, to provide a variety of breakfast, lunch and snack options for children who are at risk of going hungry when school is out. According to a press release, Barbara Prather, Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank said: “The summer months are not easy for many of our northeast Iowa neighbors who have children,”...“When school ends, so does access to school meals that families and children rely on.”

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank will be providing meals at 5 northeast Iowa partnering sites:

Meal SitesDatesTimes
Bethel United Presbyterian Church: 208 N Vine St. (West Union)June 1 - August 1411:30AM-12:30PM
Fayette Elementary: 200 Volga St. Fayette (Fayette)June 1 - August 1411:30AM-12:30PM
Valley Elementary Learning Center: 23493 Canoe Rd (Elgin)June 8 - August 1411:30AM-12:30PM
St. Joseph Community School: 216 N. Broadway Ave. (New Hampton)June 1 - August 217:00AM, 11:00AM, and 3:00PM
YMCA: 669 S Hackett Rd. (Waterloo)May 18 - August 148:30AM, 11:30AM, and 2:30PM


The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is also partnering with 3 Boys and Girls Club locations to provide afternoon snacks:

Snack SitesDatesTimes
Boys and Girls Club: 515 Lime St. (Waterloo)May 18 - August 143:30PM
Boys and Girls Club - Teen & Education Center: 803 E. 4th St. (Waterloo)May 18 - August 143:30PM
Evansdale Boys and Girls Club: 3574 Lafayette St. (Evansdale)May 18 - August 143:30PM

In addition to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank’s Summer Feeding locations, many other schools across northeast Iowa are also providing summer meals and snacks. For more information on these locations, the Food Bank encourages you to reach out to your local school-district to learn more.

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