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The most complete list of shelters in Iowa. These shelters can be accessed by clicking HERE These are emergency shelters but many are general homeless shelters or transitional housing opportunities. Please note that many of these facilites have waiting lists (some are very long). Please call ahead to check availability first.

Iowa Homeless Shelters

Iowa Food Banks

Food Bank of Iowa is dedicated to providing enough food for every Iowan in our service area to live a healthy, active life. We distribute more than 14 million meals each year through 700 partner agencies and dozens of program sites. Learn more about our programs and how you can get help now.

United Way of Central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa’s 211 Service is available 24/7 to help you with rent, utilities, tax preparation, natural disaster relief and more. Call or text 211, or chat with a professional online. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Iowa SNAP Program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, helps low-income people and families buy nutritious food at stores and farmers markets. Benefits are provided to eligible individuals through an EBT card, which works like a debit card at authorized food retailers. This USDA program was known previously as food stamps.

For more information about Iowa SNAP Click HERE

Iowa WIC program. WIC helps new mothers and children at risk of poor nutrition. It provides healthy food, nutrition education and referrals to other agencies so babies and children grow up healthy. This USDA program is also called Women, Infants & Children.

for more Information CLICK HERE

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