The Iowa City Senior Center will celebrate the grand opening of the Simple & Free: Pantry Exchange food pantry with a ribbon cutting celebration at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019.
Studies show that older adults are at a higher risk of being food insecure and the Simple & Free: Pantry Exchange will offer a place where members and neighbors can freely give and take non-perishable food items and personal items. The public is encouraged to utilize the food pantry by giving what they can and taking what they need.
The pantry is located on the ground level of the Iowa City Senior Center just inside the Washington Street entrance, which is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday. The ribbon cutting event will take place near the pantry and will include light refreshments.
The Center is currently accepting non-perishable food items and toiletries to stock the Pantry Exchange shelves.
Top needs include canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, 100% fruit juice, pasta, rice, hearty soups and stews, dried and canned beans, paper goods, and personal care items. Donations will be collected at the ribbon cutting or can be dropped off in marked baskets during business hours. For more information contact LaTasha DeLoach at 319-356-5225 or at LaTasha-DeLoach@iowa-city.org.