For food assistance, apply at the local Department of Human Services office. Find out about the eligibility requirements. Many people, refugees and immigrants, who qualify for food assistance don’t take advantage of it. This is a mistake!
Food Assistance is for anyone who is income and resource eligible. Those who use food assistance include people with no income, part-time or low paying work, and people who are trying to live on child support, alimony, Social Security payments and small pensions.
The Food Assistance Hotline at the Iowa Department of Human Services is: 1.877.347.5678, or go to https://dhs.iowa.gov/food-assistance
These programs serve low-income residents with a well-rounded supply of foods, including fruits, vegetables, meats, peanut butter, cheese and honey. The program is designed for
Call the Polk County Commodity Supplemental Food Program at 515.286.3434. This program is only in Polk, Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison and Warren counties. You may learn more about the program here:
The WIC program offers supplemental foods to help meet the nutritional needs of women who are pregnant or breast feeding, infants and children under the age of five and women who have had a baby in the last six months. Clients must meet income guidelines and they receive vouchers each month for milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, and other staples and formula and juices for infants. WIC helps families by providing healthy foods, nutrition education and referrals to other health care agencies. Look under Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in your local directory or ask your local Department of Health. Or you may go here to learn more: http://idph.iowa.gov/WIC
Senior citizens can get nutritious lunchtime meals. This is a nice way to meet people. Call your local Area Agency on Aging to find out about the congregate meals near where you live. Check the Directory for a list of the Area Agencies on Aging. You may find out more information about congregate meals for senior citizens here: https://www.iowaaging.gov/programs-services/health-prevention-wellness/nutrition/meals