Food Insecurity: Available Resources


Food Recovery


Video Resource

The Iowa Hunger Summit focuses on Food Recovery at their 2018 conference. Included in the video presentation are a panel of four experts leading the field in food recovery and sustainability. This video explores various ways to explore the aspects of food recovery in the fight against food insecurity.



Hensel, L., Alvarez, A., Nelson, D., Osterhues, D., World Food Prize Foundation, & Iowa Hunger Summit. (2018, October 23). Food recovery: how food waste undermines food insecurity [Video]. YouTube.


In Our Community


Perry Public Library

Seeing a need in our community, the Perry Public Library purchased a restaurant style refrigerator and has partnered with area grocery stores to recover produce that would otherwise go to waste. The fresh produce is restocked on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. In addition, Hunger Free Dallas County recovers food from the metro area and it is dropped off at the library weekly on Friday afternoons. Food items vary but usually include fresh produce, baked items, prepared meals, and salad kits as some examples. The Food Recovery program at the library is free to anyone in the community who is in need. The refrigerator is located in the front hallway along with grocery bags for your convenience.


Food Banks and Pantries


Web Resources

Food Bank of Iowa

The Food Bank of Iowa helps to distribute needed food across the state. Their website offers information about upcoming Mobile Food Pantries in our community. In addition, it provides resources to other programs such as the School Pantry Program, Backpack Program, SNAP Program, and WIC Program. This website is a one stop source for ways to access food in various formats and programs.


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Food Bank of Iowa. (2022). Food Bank of Iowa.