Grinnell Food Resource Guide

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This guide is to help Grinnell residents navigate the challenges of food security and access local resources. Listed below are the different resource categories:

Food Pantries

  • MICA: Mid- Iowa Community Action is located at 609 4th Avenue. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.  The food pantry is housed within the building and individuals or families may receive food twice a month. The pantry consists of staples, such as, soups, canned vegetables, pasta, canned meat, peanut butter, cereal, plus frozen meat and gallons of milk. Fresh produce and bread are available anytime to anyone. First time visitors will fill out basic paperwork. You do not need to bring anything with you. Paperwork is not required for the produce or bread. https://www.micaonline.org/
  • Montezuma Food Pantry:  The food pantry is located at 501 N. Front St. Montezuma, IA. First time visitors must fill out paperwork and provide an ID for the pantry items. Each visit, individuals must bring their ID. This is a free choice food pantry and households will receive a number of brown bag(s) to fill based on household size. The amount of meat received is based on household size and a gallon of milk is offered once per month per family. There is no limit on the amount of bread and produce and does not require an ID or paperwork. Visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MontezumaFoodPantry/
    • Hours of operation:
      • Monday 10:00am-12:30pm
      • Wednesday 2:00pm- 4:30pm
      • Thursday 4:30pm- 6:00pm
      • Friday 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Grinnell Middle School: The food Pantry is located in the school building and is available to students of the middle school. The pantry has staples such as, canned fruit, peanut butter, soups, and popcorn. This space also houses an invisible closet for students to access clothing items and shoes. Fresh fruit is available in the counselor’s office. Students should speak with their teacher or staff for access to the pantry and closet.
  • Grinnell High School: The food pantry is located in the school building and is available to students of the high school. The pantry has staples such as soups, canned fruit, popcorn, and peanut butter. This space also houses an invisible closet for students to access clothing items and shoes. See Mr. Laidig for access.

Meals

  • Community Meal:  The Community Meal is sponsored by the Social Justice Action Group, a student-run organization at Grinnell College, and is supported by local funding sources in the Grinnell Community. The meal is located at Davis School, 818 Hamilton Ave.  The meal is served on Tuesdays from 5:45pm- 6:15pm. All are welcome.
  • Meals-On-Wheels:  A hot meal is delivered to home bound seniors, 60 years and older, to their home Monday -Thursday. The Senior Center also serves a noon meal at their site, located at 925 East St. Call the Senior Center for more information 641-236-2612.
  • Blessed Community Meal:  The Grinnell United Methodist Church sponsors and serves an evening meal.  Located at 916 5th Ave. The meal is served each Wednesday at 6:00pm, September through May, following the school calendar and is available to anyone. Visit Grinnellumc.org to learn more.

Fresh Produce

  • Farmer’s Market: The market is open May – October in Central Park. Thursdays, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm and Saturdays, 10:00 am to Noon. Debit, Credit, and SNAP cards accepted, plus the Double Up Food Bucks program is available. WIC and Senior Checks accepted. Call 641-236-6555 or go to www.grinnellfarmersmarket.com to learn more.
  • Grinnell Giving Gardens:  The Giving Gardens grow free, fresh produce during the spring-summer growing season. The Giving Gardens are a collaborative effort of local organizations that aim to improve the health of Poweshiek County residents by providing access to fresh, local produce. There are 9 locations in Grinnell to pick your own produce and it is also available at MICA. View the Giving Gardens page and follow an interactive map to the following locations:
    • Ahrens Park Garden: 1510 Penrose
    • Grinnell Early Learning Center: 1436 Penrose
    • St. John’s Lutheran Church: 1224 East St
    • Fairview Elementary School: 1310 Hobart St.
    • Summer Street Park: 736 Summer St.
    • Davis Elementary School: 818 Hamilton
    • Marvin Garden: Marvin Ave. West of Los Girasoles
    • UPH-GRMC Public Health: 306 4th Ave.
    • Bailey Park Elementary: 210 8th Ave.
  • Fareway: Located at 727 West St. Grinnell. Double Up Food Bucks from SNAP are available to be used on the purchase of fresh produce. Buy $1 with your SNAP EBT card and get $1 to use for fresh produce.
  • Local Foods Connection: This food resource partners with local farmers to provide fresh environmentally sustainable food and nutrition education to Grinnell residents in need. A weekly food box as part of a CSA share is available through referrals from MICA, SEG, your local physician, or your faith leader. Locally produced, seasonal foods are also distributed to MICA, Station Clubhouse, and the schools. Learn more at www.localfoodsconnection.com

Food Distribution

  • Food Recovery Network:  This food resource offers previously prepared food from local businesses, such as, The Mayflower Homes, Grinnell College, Kum and Go, and others. The food is distributed at the First Presbyterian Church, 1025 5th Ave. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Noon while Grinnell College is in session. During the summer and college breaks, they distribute on Tuesday and Thursday.  Food is also available on Saturdays at Noon at the Station Clubhouse. Call 641-236-6059 with questions.
  • Tiger Packs:  This resource provides weekend food for preK-8th grade students. Each Tiger Packs bag contains peanut butter and crackers or a voucher for a dozen eggs, a granola bar, a fruit bar, applesauce, a fruit cup, pudding, oatmeal, popcorn, fruit snacks, and macaroni and cheese. Students and families self identify as food insecure or they are referred by school staff. Talk to your child’s teacher to sign up. For more information visit ahrensfamilyfoundation.org

Nutritional Assistance

  • WIC: Women, Infant and Children. Nutritional assistance for nursing and pregnant women, and children up to 5 years of age. Contact Public Health for more information 641-236-2385.

Healthy Eating Plate

What does a healthy eating plate look like? These guidelines are from Harvard University.

Copyright © 2011, Harvard University. For more information about The Healthy Eating Plate, please see The Nutrition Source, Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, www.thenutritionsource.org, and Harvard Health Publications, www.health.harvard.edu.