St. Andrew Food Market
Monthly food distribution

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 April 24

  • Wednesday May 22

  • Wednesday June 26

  • Wednesday July 24

  • Wednesday Aug. 28

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

As an extension of our monthly Food Market, St. Andrew hosts the Summer Lunch Bunch Program at Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center 2651 Roberts Rd,, Iowa City. Monday through Friday, volunteers arrived at the center and set up for an outdoor picnic. Children and youth up to 18 could go through the free food line, and fill their plates with nutritious selections from five food groups: Grains, protein, dairy, fruit, and vegetables. Kids could come back through the line for more food as often as they wanted.

We are immensely grateful to the dozens of volunteers who helped out on hot, sweaty days; HACAP Food Reservoir for providing truckloads of free food; St. Andrew members and friends who donated money to buy food not available through HACAP; Lettuce Feed Others gardeners for giving us fresh produce; the Pheasant Ridge staff for a summer full of support; and the kids, who just kept showing up and making us smile.

We are especially pleased with our cost per serving--the result of donations, partnerships...and just plain ol’ frugal shopping! Take a look at our results:

  • Meals served: 2,553 [One is food served to one child on any given day, including second- and third-servings to the same child.]
  • Days we served lunch: 44
  • Days we canceled because of the weather: 0
  • Kids who ate with us at least once: 182
  • Volunteers who helped at least once: 103
  • Average number of kids per day: 58
  • Most kids in one day: 79
  • Fewest kids in one day: 28
  • Ice cream parties: 3 [Kids earned stickers by meeting our daily food challenges. When
  • the entire group earned enough stickers, we celebrated by serving ice cream floats after
  • lunch.]
  • Average cost per meal: 88 cents. [Note: This is how much we spent--it does not include
  • the value of hundreds of pounds of food we received from the HACAP Food Reservoir,
  • Lettuce Feed Others garden, and others. The expenses were paid with a financial
  • allocation from St. Andrew's Mission, Outreach, and Service Team, plus generous
  • donations from Old Capitol Kiwanis Club and members and friends of St. Andrew.]
  • How much food does it take to feed all those kids?
  • Pounds of deli-sliced turkey: 124
  • Slices of American cheese: 1,320
  • Plain bagels: 1,278
  • Buckets of ice cream: 15
  • Tubs of strawberry cream cheese: 98
  • Tubs of plain cream cheese: 72

We’re already planning for Lunch Bunch in Summer 2024. If you would like to help us serve lunch for just one day, on a regular basis, or whenever your schedule allows, email us to be added to the list. We’ll send out updates as we get closer to summer.

Volunteer shifts run from about 11:30 to 1:15 each day. We also are seeking leaders who are willing to oversee the lunches one week at a time. We’ll tell you everything you need to know—it’s pretty easy!

To volunteer, get more information, or to provide financial support, email  Heather Woodin or Sue Swearingen.