15th Anniversary Drive Hopes to Set Record!

Thanksgiving in July Community-Wide Food Drive

The Crisis Center's Food Bank program set a record last year. Household visits for help with food reached 41,319, beating the previous high set in 2008 after the county experienced devastating floods. The slow economic recovery has affected us all and low-income families especially. Find out more information and see photos from Thanksgiving in July 2012.

Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive that celebrated its 15th year, helps The Crisis Center and other local food pantries ensure we can meet the needs of clients during the summer months, when critical food donations typically dip. After the Food Bank's record setting year, we established an equally incredible goal for the 2013 Thanksgiving in July: 90,000 pounds of food*

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The 2013 goal was more than double what we hoped to raise in 2012. Despite July ending, donations continue to arrive daily moving us closer towards our goal thanks to our generous community. Therefore, we may not know for some time if we reached this year's goal. 

Churches, businesses, organizations and individuals donated their time, money, and non-perishable food items to help us reach our 90,000 pound food goal. Although we don’t have a final number yet, we want to thank all who were a part of this drive.


Special thanks to the Iowa City/Coralville Jaycees for sponsoring our Thanksgiving in July efforts!


Thanksgiving in July Kicked Off with Press Conference

Ron Hall, founder of Thanksgiving in July, shared his motivation behind beginning this community-food drive with the press at our press conference.





Grocer Food Drives in Iowa City

Our local grocers provided tremendous support providing donation barrels all month long including: Bread Garden Market, Fareway Eastside, Fareway Westside, Hy-Vee Waterfront, Hy-Vee First Avenue, Hy-Vee North Dodge and New Pioneer Co-op. 


Iowa Children’s Museum Food Drive 

The Iowa Children's Museum located in the Coralridge Mall also collected food throughout the whole month of July.








Coralville 4th of July Parade

Special thanks to Mike Applegarth for the use of his truck and trailer during the Coralville 4th of July Parade and to all the volunteers who walked with us and helped to decorate our parade float. 

Hy-Vee TGIJ Collections on July 13

Grace Community Church, student from Clear Creek Amana middle school and Crisis Center Food Bank volunteers collected donations at Iowa City Hy-Vee locations on Saturday, July 13.


Blog post by Ben: Working Together to do More Good

Ben Partridge, Marketing Coordinator for New Pioneer Co-op contributed to our blog and invited the community to attend A Place at The Table on July 28. Read his blog post here.




Scrabble Fundraiser Spells an End to Hunger

On July 18 Scrabble enthusiasts gathered at the inaugural Scrabble Fundraiser. Thank you to The Kirkwood Room for donating the use of the room, Cookies & More for donating cookies, Jimmy Jacks for donating gift certificates, and Leash on Life for donating prizes.


Downtown Retailers Can Drive

Thank you for remembering to take canned goods and financial donations when you visited downtown Iowa City from July 18 - July 31. Participating stores included: Akar, Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Beadology Iowa, Discerning Eye, Dulcinea, Fired Up, Glassando, Iowa Artisans Gallery, Om Gifts, Revival, RSVP, Running Wild, Sweets and Treats, Textiles, and Yotopia Frozen Yogurt. They filled three baskets full of gift certificates and for every food and financial donation, donors received an entry to win one.



Coralridge Mall Donation Drive

Food donation barrels placed near the interior entrances of Target and Barnes & Noble, and located inside the The Iowa Children’s Museum during the last two weeks of July collected food.






Rummage in the Ramp

We were happy to be involved with environmental and human services nonprofit groups to provide the labor and split the profits in this year's Rummage in the Ramp sponsored by the City of Iowa City.

Instead of throwing out unused non-perishable food items when moving, these were dropped off at The Crisis Center's donation barrels. 




Hy-Vee TGIJ Collections on July 27

EPIC (Empowered Professionals of the Iowa City Area), St. Raphael Youth Group and members of the Isle of Iowa Parrot Head Club collected donations at Iowa City Hy-Vee locations on Saturday, July 27. 

Screening of A Place at the Table

New Pioneer Co-op, in partnership with FilmScene and the Englert Theatre hosted a screening of this important new documentary (from the people that brought us Food, Inc.) about the state of food insecurity in America. Food and financial donations were accepted as admission. A panel followed where Crisis Center staff, along with other local non-profit organizations, spoke to the needs in our community and proactive ways to help fight hunger. Watch the trailer here.

Dine & Donate

Twelve Iowa City restaurants participated in Dine & Donate on July 30 as Thanksgiving in July came to a close and donated a portion of their proceeds. Participating restaurants included: A & A Pagliai's Pizza, Blackstone, Buffalo Wild Wings, El Banditos, El Dorado Mexican Restaurant, Givanni's, Joseph's Steakhouse, Molly's Cupcakes, Mondo's Saloon, Oasis Falafel, Short's Burgers Eastside, Z'Mariks Noodle Cafe.  


We extend our thanks to all volunteers who pitched in to make this year's Thanksgiving in July a success.  All of our events throughout the month of July would not have ran smoothly without you! Your time is greatly appreciated.