Clothes Closet

Provides clothing and household items at not cost to anyone in need. Thursdays 9:00am–5pm. Second Saturday 9am–12pm.

109 S 4th St.
Montezuma, IA 50171

Phone: 641-623-3275

Goodwill Industries

Inexpensive used clothing and furniture.

230 West St.
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-7312

Andersen Used Furniture

Inexpensive used furniture.

1018 Washington Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-3466

Phase 2 Consignment

914 Main St.
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-8126

Salvation Army Poweshiek County Service Extension #261

303 E Washington St.
Montezuma, IA 50171

Phone: 641-623-3275


White’s Consignment

806 S Front St.
Montezuma, IA 50171

Phone: 641-623-2208


Christmas Shares

Program to help low-income families in Poweshiek County by purchasing gift items. Families should call to sign up fo the program.

Contact: Pam Montgomery
Phone: 641-236-7402

The Campbell Fund

Financial assistance for groceries, tax services, utilities and medical services for income-eligible Grinnell residents.

City of Grinnell
520 4th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-2600


Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG)

Emergency Loan Program
This program provides no-interest loans for emergencies such as car repair, temporary loss of income or medical emergencies. It is also intended to serve as an alternative to predatory loans.

932 Broad St.
PO Box 481
Grinnell, IA 50112

           Phone: 701-556-0734


Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU)

204 1/2 West State St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158

Phone: 641-753-6408
Phone: 888-229-9223


VITA Tax Program

Call for an appointment in February or March.

Poweshiek County ISU Extension & Outreach

114 South Third Street
Montezuma, Iowa 50171

Phone: 641-623-5188

Food & Nutrition

Women, Infant & Children Nutrition Program (WIC)

For children 0–5 years old and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby. This program provides nutritional education and checks to families to purchase baby formula, milk, eggs and other healthy foods.

Poweshiek County Family Development Center
611 4th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 501112

Phone: 641-236-3923

Grinnell Farmers Market

Customers will find locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, jams, plants, crafts and more. SNAP benefits are accepted and offer Double Up Food Bucks (each $1 use of a SNAP card, customers get a free $1 to use for fruits and veggies, up to $10 per visit) along with debit and credit cards. Thursdays 3pm–6pm and Saturdays 10am–noon.

4th & Broad Street, Central Park
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-223-6555 (M–F 8am–5pm)


Grinnell Community Meal

FREE meal prepared by community members and Grinnell College Social Justice Action Group. Open to anyone. Tuesdays from 5:45–6:30pm, except during the month of August and the weeks of Christmas and New Year.

Davis Elementary School (Cafeteria)
818 Hamilton Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112


ISU Extension and Outreach

Offers recipes that are low-cost and nutritious.


Food Recovery Network

Prepared foods are available for pickup. Bring your own containers.

First Presbyterian Church
1025 5th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112
Phone: 641-236-6059
May–August: Tuesday 12:00–12:30pm
September–April: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays from 12:00–12:30pm (Tuesday only in summer and during all college breaks)

Station Clubhouse
729 Pearl St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
Lower level of Pearl St. Apartments. Park on west side of building.
September–April: Saturdays at 2:00–3:00pm (except during summer and all college breaks)

Imagine Grinnell—Grinnell Giving Gardens

The Giving Gardens are a collaborative effort of local organizations that aim to improve the health of Poweshiek County by providing access to fresh, local produce. During the growing season, the Giving Gardens depend on volunteers to maintain the gardens and harvest food. The harvested produce is then delivered to locations where community members can receive it, such as MICA, UPH-GRMP Public Health, the Senior center, Brookside Housing and the Station Clubhouse. Area farmers and gardeners are encouraged to donate excess produce to these locations.

PO Box 344
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-5518


Locations Include: 

  • Ahrens Park Garden
    1510 Penrose
  • Grinnell Community Day Care
    1436 Penrose
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church
    1224 East St.
  • Fairview Elementary School
    1310 Hobart St.
  • Summer Street Park (Rotary)
    736 Summer St.
  • Davis Elementary School
    818 Hamilton
  • Marvin Garden (Imagine Grinnell)
    Marvin Ave. west of Los Girasoles
  • UPH-GRMC Public Health
    306 4th Ave
  • Bailey Park Elementary
    210 8th Ave.
  • Brooklyn
    near city park

SNAP (Food Stamps)

This is a DHS program. MICA can give families the application forms for this and other DHS programs. The Grinnell Farmers Market accepts SNAP payments.

MICA (Mid-Iowa Community Action)
Phone: 641-236-3923

Meals on Wheels

Baptist Church
925 East St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
Phone: 641-236-2613

Brooklyn Activity Center
122 Jackson St.
Brooklyn IA 52211
Phone: 641-522-5400

Food Pantries & Nutrition

Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA)

Operates an emergency food pantry for those in need; distributes vouchers for milk and bread provided by local churches, distributes fresh produce from local farmers. Monday through Friday from 8:30am–4:30pm.

611 4th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-3923

Brooklyn Food Pantry

Front Street across from the post office. Wednesdays from 1:00–5:00pm.

Phone: 641-522-7185

Brooklyn Mobile Food Pantry

Sign up at MICA, Grinnell. Food is delivered to your door once a month.

Phone: 641-236-3923

Malcom Food Pantry

Thursdays from 5:00–6:45pm. No one is turned away.

Methodist Church
602 4th St.
Malcom, IA 50157

Phone: 641-990-4300

Malcom Mobile Food Pantry

Food from Northeast Iowa Food bank. First Wednesdays of every month at 4:30 until food is gone. Bring bags or boxes.

Malcom Auditorium
212 Main St.
Malcom, IA 50157

Phone: 641-528-4245

MICA Mobile Food Pantry—Brooklyn location

Second Saturday of every moth from 10:30am–12:30pm.

Grace United Methodist Church
603 Clay St.
Brooklyn, IA 52211

Phone: 641-236-3923

MICA Mobile Food Pantry—Victor location

Third Wednesday of every month from 12:30pm–2:45pm.

Victor Public Library
710 2nd St.
Victor, IA 52347

Phone: 641-236-3923

Montezuma Food Pantry

The client choice pantry is for Poweshiek county residents. Clients must meet government guidelines of household income not exceeding over 185% of federal poverty threshold and have updated ID to serve as address verification and list all living in the house hold with DOB and SS. People outside the county or unable to present ID will be given a pre-bagged sack of USDA commodities and given opportunity to get produce and bakery goods. Available to all regardless of eligibility during pantry hours. Mondays 10:00am–12:30pm, Wednesdays 2:00–4:30pm, Thursdays 4:30–6:00pm, and Friday 12:30–2:00pm. Located at the southeast side of the building in from of the Community Hope Church.

501 N Front St.
Montezuma, IA 50171

Phone: 641-623-3275

Food in the Schools
Free and Reduced Lunch Programs

Paid for through the USDA, this program offers free and reduced-cost lunches to income-eligible children. Sign up through the schools.

Montezuma Backpack Program

Food is place in backpacks for students in need (identified by school staff or family). Please call your local school district for more information.
Phone: 641-623-5121

Grinnell Tiger Packs & High School Food Pantry

Tiger packs include a bag a shelf-stable food place in backpacks for students K–8th in need (identified by school staff or family). Questions may be addressed to the school your child attends. The Middle School and High School each have a food pantry and questions about the pantries can be directed to those schools.

Summer Lunch Program

Grinnell CSD
Davis Elementary School
818 Hamilton Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112
Phone: 641-236-2775

Montezuma CSD
Phone: 641-623-5121


General Assistance (Community Services)

General assistance provides emergency assistance to Poweshiek County residents to meet basic needs, such as food, shelter, medical and utilities. It is not intended to provide on-going, long-term assistance to any individual and/or family.

200 4th Ave. W
PO Box 401
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-9199


Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

Office by appointment only (served by Jasper County Office)

717 5th Ave., Suite 6
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-792-1955


Assurance Wireless

Federal lifeline assistance program that provides free cell phones to income-eligible people.

PO Box 5040
Charleston, IL 61920

Phone: 888-898-4888


House of Compassion

Services include free evening meals, supply closet and dental/prescription vouchers.

211 W Church St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158

Phone: 641-752-5999


Montezuma Ministerial Association

Local churches working together to meet needs of community residents. Community needs fund is for emergency need and crisis situation and not for negligence, irresponsibility, or repeated use throughout the year. Immediate assistance available. Persons in the Montezuma school district may call and speak with Darla Wilson, welfare secretary, and then schedule an appointment to meet with her to see if funds/eligibility are available.

Phone: 641-623-3275

Salvation Army Poweshiek County Service Extension #261

Call welfare secretary, Darla Wilson, for information and an appointment. Provides assistance within the county for a variety of emergency needs according to SA guidelines when funds are available.

First Presbyterian Church
303 E Washington St.
Montezuma, IA 50171
Phone: 641-623-3275

Brooklyn Ministerial Association

503 Clay St.
Brooklyn, IA 52211

Phone: 641-522-9298

Grinnell Ministerial Association

MICA will screen candidates for rent, utilities, and gas vouchers for residents of Grinnell, Malcom, Newburg and Searsboro. Grinnell Police Department distributes 1 time vouchers for hotel room and meals for transient persons.

Phone: 641-236-4748

Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA)

Emergency funds for rent, utilities, and gas vouchers for medical appointments. Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), budgeting assistance.

611 4th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-3923

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Helps connect people to prescription assistance programs.

Phone: 888-477-2669

SafeNet Rx

Provide low-cost pharmaceutical access to our most vulnerable populations while generating significant cost savings across health systems.

Phone: 515-327-5405
Toll Free: 866-282-5817



Find help with the cost of medicine.

Phone: 800-503-6897



Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Provide low-barrier shelter, meals and support services at no cost to adults experiencing homelessness and help facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.

1420 Mulberry St.
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: 515-284-5719


Primary Health Care—Homeless Support Services

West Side Entrance
1200 University Ave, Suite 110A
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: 515-248-1850


Hope Ministries

Offer free community meals, long-term life recovery program, and men’s emergency shelter.

PO Box 862
Des Moines, IA 50304

Phone: 515-265-7272


Bethel Mission Men’s Shelter (Hope Ministries)

Provides emergency shelter, food, clothing and case management and support for men.

1310 6th Ave.
Des Moines, IA

Phone: 515-224-5445

Door of Faith (Hope Ministries)

Provide food, clothing, shelter and life recovery support for men, women and children in desperate need.

6701 SW 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50315

Phone: 515-974-0545


Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Helps low-income families and individuals pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. The grant results in a one-time payment for an eligible household’s heating costs.

611 4th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone: 641-236-3923

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