How to Get Started

Are you ready to donate food but unsure how to get started? The Food Rescue Partnership has developed many resources to help.

Where to Donate

There are a wide variety of non-profit hunger-relief agencies throughout the Quad Cities that will happily accept food donations.  To ensure the integrity and safety of the entire food donation process, the Food Rescue Partnerships encourages food donations to be made to Churches United of the Quad City Area or River Bend Foodbank.  These organizations will accept your food donation directly or match you with a food pantry or meal site that can readily use your donation.  Priority will be given to food pantries or meal sites closest to your neighborhood, following upon the type of food being donated and the agencies need.

Churches United of the Quad City Area

Churches United of the Quad City Area oversees 26 food pantries, 3 hot meal sites, and Winnie’s Shelter.  If you have a food donation, no matter the amount, please contact Betsy Vanausdeln at or call 563-332-5002 or 563-370-9700.  We will send a volunteer from the nearest pantry or meal site to pick up your food donation (at no charge to the agency).

River Bend Food Bank

If your donation is large enough to require a fork lift or box truck, please contact Jeff DeYoung at or call 563-345-6490 Ext. 2040.  Retail stores should contact Jasmine Garcia at 563-345-6490 Ext. 2203. For smaller donations, or for prepared food that needs to be consumed in a timely manner, the Food Bank will likely match you up to one of their agency partners who will make the pickup(s) (at no charge to the agency).  To be connected with an agency, please contact Danielle Tisor at or 563-345-6490 Ext. 2050.