COVID-19 Updates

Updated 4/6/2020

Need Help? Our Food Pantry is still open...

  • We are now closing an hour earlier on Tuesday nights and are not open on Saturday due to staffing and volunteer shortages. 

    • Monday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    • Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    • Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    • Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    • Friday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    • Saturday: Closed

  • In response to social distancing, we now do curb-side service, meaning no clients come in the pantry. Please stay in your vehicle or wait at our picnic tables (if you don't have a vehicle) to be served.

  • Our staff completes the intake process through the car window or at a safe distance. Once the intake process is completed, we will then bring the household’s food package.

  • The Essential Household Items Program is closed until further notice.

  • The Clothing and Household Sections in the pantry are closed until further notice.


Want to Help?

  • Financial contributions are the easiest way to help Bidwell right now – you can donate here. 

  • We are currently only accepting:

    • Food (all food is welcome):

      • Canned Vegetables​ (most needed)

      • Cereal

      • Canned Fruit

      • Peanut Butter

    • Toiletries / Cleaning Products

    • Baby Supplies (diapers size 4, 5, 6, baby wipes, and baby food)

    • Used Plastic Grocery Bags, Paper Grocery Sacks, and Boxes

  • We are currently not taking any clothing or household donations, as clients cannot come in and shop.

  • Donations are to be placed in the trunk, hatch, or back seat. A member of the pantry staff or volunteer will come out and grab the donations without contact/exposure.

    • Donations are accepted: ​

      • Mon - Wed - Fri 10:00am-3:00pm​

      • Tue 10:00am - 6:00pm

      • Thu 10:00am-5:00pm

      • You can also pull up on the cement in front of the pantry between 8am-10am and honk.  Staff will come out and assist. 

      • If you need to deliver after the above hours, please email Missy Reams to set up a time.

  • You can also shop our Amazon lists - these items will be shipped directly to us. 

  • Make a t-shirt bag! This is an easy activity you and your children can participate in.


Volunteers Needed to Box Food Packages


We are in urgent need of volunteers to:

  • Pull / box up food orders

  • Re-stock grocery aisles

  • Organize Food Recovery

Note: Clients wait in their cars and cannot come into the pantry right now.


Volunteers are needed:  

  • Monday - Friday

    • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Tuesday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm​

  • Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To volunteer, contact Missy Reams:

(No walk-ins. Must schedule volunteering in advance.)

Other Information:  We provide gloves and masks, and have implemented social distancing policies. 

1203 Hartford Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50315


Phone: 515-244-6251

Fax: 515-244-3815

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  To view our Nondiscrimination Statement, click here.