St. Andrew Food Market
Monthly food distribution

Volunteer for July Market

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is a partner agency with the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP). Once a month, we offer free food to the community. The food is provided by HACAP and the church’s Lettuce Feed Others community garden. Selection varies from month to month, but usually includes staples like cereal, bread, rice, beans, soup, baking items, vegetables, canned meat, and baked goods. Other items that are available on a periodic basis are diapers, baby wipes, frozen meat, and cheese.

The food is available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., usually during the Fourth Wednesday of the Month. For the next few months, the schedule is:

  • Wednesday May 22

  • Wednesday June 26

  • Wednesday July 24

  • Wednesday Aug. 28

  • Wednesday Sept. 25

  • Wednesday Oct. 23

  • Wednesday Nov. 20 (third Wednesday)

  • Wednesday Dec. 18 (third Wednesday)

The food is available to anyone who needs it. You do not need to live in Iowa City or have any affiliation with St. Andrew to receive the food. Shoppers will be asked to fill out a brief form that asks for name, address, number in household, and a signature. These forms are used for tracking the number of people we serve. The total served each month is reported to HACAP. The forms are available in English and Spanish.


To volunteer

We need volunteers from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Tuesdays before the monthly distributions. On distribution Wednesdays, we need volunteers for various shifts:

  • 8 a.m.-Noon
  • Noon-2:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 to 5 p.m.
  • 5 to 7:30 p.m. 

You do not need to be affiliated with St. Andrew to volunteer, but we do ask that you sign up in advance.

To volunteer, email

To shop on the above dates

Come to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 140 Gathering Place Lane, Iowa City, between 3 and 7 p.m. on the above dates. Park in the lower parking lot and follow the signs around the back of the building. It’s helpful if you bring your own shopping bags or boxes, but we’ll have extras available.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online by clicking here, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

     1.    mail:
     U.S. Department of Agriculture
     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
     1400 Independence Avenue, SW
     Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

     2.    fax:
     (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

     3.    email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Summer Lunch Program

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If summer has a catchy tune, it might be “Bagels and cream cheese and pickles and cukes!”

St. Andrew will once again coordinate the Lunch Bunch at Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center from June through August. This is a

free lunch program for children and youth under 18, no matter where they live. We serve at the neighborhood center, 2651 Roberts Road, Iowa City (just off Mormon Trek, not far from Fareway), Monday through Friday, from noon to 1. 

Last year, we served 2,553 meals over 44 days. We averaged 58 kids a

day, although we welcomed 79 kids on one busy summer day. It's a cold lunch, served under the picnic shelter. Kids get to choose what they want from our five food groups. There are no rules about what they must take, and they can come back for seconds and thirds (or more) if they're still hungry. 

It's not part of the Iowa City School District or any other agency or

organization. This is a community project we started to feed kids.

It's that simple.

This is a big program that takes big-hearted volunteers, and lots of them!

We need three types of volunteers:

  • LEADERS are two-member teams who commit to Monday-Friday for ONE WEEK. LEADERS pick up food from the church, set up, oversee volunteers, direct clean-up, and return leftovers to the church. Time slot for this is about 11 am to 1:30 pm.  Leaders must go through a brief training/orientation, and we'll have you shadow veteran leaders before you lead on your own. 
  • HELPERS are individuals who commit to ONE DAY at a time, arriving at Pheasant Ridge about 11:30 and leaving about 1:15, or whenever clean-up is done. HELPERS will assist in set-up, serve the food, interact with children, and help with clean-up. Helpers are the folks who just show up and take direction from the leaders. 
  • DRIVERS (one each week) will go to the HACAP warehouse in Hiawatha (about 35 minutes from the church), and select food (mostly fruit and vegetables) that is appropriate for lunches that week. This can be a one- person job, you don't need a huge vehicle, and we'll go with you once before you go on your own.  The schedule calls for arriving at the warehouse at 9 am Mondays. Many other HACAP partners across Eastern Iowa do this, as well, so the schedule is firm--it's not usually possible to get there earlier or later. We need drivers who are willing to go just once, or several times over the summer.

Volunteers do not need to be members of St. Andrew to participate. Last year, we had a wonderful crew of community people who jumped in to help.

We need volunteers of all ages--from retirees to elementary-age kids (who must be accompanied by an adult and who can focus on the tasks for one hour). High school students can earn volunteer hours and add this community service to college applications and job resumes.

It's a good way to meet new friends, and to get to know the awesome kids who eat lunch with us. 

To help in any capacity, contact Heather Woodin or Sue Swearingen.

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