Get Food Assistance
Discover different ways to get healthy, nutritious food for yourself and your family from Olivet Neighborhood Mission in Cedar Rapids.
You or a member of your household can visit our Food Pantry every 15 days to pick out free groceries. Fill a box that usually can hold enough food to feed a family for a few days. Shop our shelves to pick groceries you and your loved ones will enjoy. We offer:
- Boxed meals
- Bread and deli items, like cheese and deli meats
- Fruits and vegetables, including fresh in-season options and canned, non-perishable items
- Milk and dairy products
- Pasta, grains, and rice
- Protein options, including frozen meat, canned meat, plant proteins, and eggs
Who is Eligible?
You can access our food pantry if you meet certain income qualifications established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). TEFAP is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. Contact us to learn if you’re eligible.
When Is the Food Pantry Open?
Check out the Cedar Rapids area’s only kitchen pantry, where you can pick up free fresh food items daily. Choose from:
- Dairy products, like cheese and yogurt
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Premade salads and meals
- Sweets and desserts
Items are donated from local grocery and convenience stores.
Other Food Assistance Resources
If you need help to feed yourself or your loved ones, learn more about:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.
- SHARE Iowa – Brings people together to build and strengthen communities through volunteer service and providing access to good, nutritious food at affordable prices. They are committed to supporting local neighborhood host sites where all may participate, serve, and lead with dignity.
Equal Opportunity Food Provider
Olivet Neighborhood Mission is a TEFAP site. The USDA provides 100% American-grown USDA Foods and administrative funds to states to operate TEFAP. We also purchase foods through our partnership with Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP).
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
View the statement on the USDA’s website.
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