Covid-19 Response

Caring Hands Outreach Center is working hard to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and is taking seriously the recommendations by Governor Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  We also know that our food pantry is an important resource in our community.  With all of that in mind, we are making the following adjustments to our operations:

  • Effective immediately, our Clothes Hanger service will be suspended and Caring Hands  will  not accept clothing donations until further notice. You may continue to donate clothing directly to Goodwill, DAV and Encore.

  • At the Altoona location, the waiting room will be closed and clients will be asked to remain in their vehicles. Volunteers will bring pre-packed boxes based on family size to clients in their vehicles. These procedures will be in place for both Food Pantry and Our Daily Bread.  At the Eastview location, clients will enter one at a time to check in and go through the pantry.

  • At this point in time, Food Pantry hours and Our Daily Bread hours will remain the same.

    • Altoona location - 301 9th Street NE, Altoona

      • Food Pantry: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 3:00-6:00 pm; Saturday 9:00-11:00 am 

      • Our Daily Bread: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11:00 am-1:00 pm

    • Eastview location - 4101 E. 42nd Street, Des Moines

      • Tuesday & Wednesday 3:00-6:00 pm; Friday 10:00 am-2:00 pm

  • If you would like to help:

    • Make a financial contribution to Caring Hands

    • Donate food items

    • Volunteer

    • Visit the Give Help page to learn more


Please know that getting food to those who need it remains Caring Hands’ top priority.  Your cooperation and understanding will help us continue to operate the Food Pantry safely during this public health emergency.  Thank you!

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515-967-4533 (Altoona)

515-809-2356 (Eastview)

515-635-0249 (Online Sales)

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