CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank is excited to announce the opening of its second Food Bank, located in the Pepperwood Plaza in the South District of Iowa City. The new food bank, located at 1045 Highway 6 East, will open at noon on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, and will provide a larger area to shop.

Hours of operation
Monday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Noon to 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30am to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank implemented changes in the way it provides services. In order to maintain social distancing among clients, volunteers, and staff, the non-profit began providing pre-packaged bags and delivery service. The new location will offer “client choice,” where clients can walk the aisles for food, which allows them the opportunity to select their own food like they would at a grocery store, rather than having bags of food prepackaged for them. 

“While we do our best to provide options for people receiving pre-packaged bags, they may not meet 100% of the unique dietary needs of every individual. This new location will allow us to bring back more volunteers, provide personal protective equipment, and maintain at least six feet of distance between everyone in the building,” explained Becci Reedus, CommUnity’s Executive Director.

Using estimates from Feeding America and historical data, it is possible that over 22,000 individuals in Johnson County may need food assistance in the next year due to COVID-19. This new pantry location will allow for socially distanced shopping and offer a warm, safe space for clients to shop while staying out of the harsh winter elements.

A grand opening event and ribbon cutting will be held at a later date. Questions? Contact Nicole Kilmer, CommUnity Crisis Services & Food Bank, at 319-351-2726, x151. 

Date of publication

Wednesday, November 04, 2020