Covid-19 Response
Updated 10-21-2021

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 made the following adjustments to our operations:

Those who are vaccinated are not required to wear a mask inside our facilities; however, masks remain recommended. Unvaccinated shoppers are required to wear a mask while inside our facilities.


Food Pantry & Daily Bread


Altoona Food Pantry
201 9th St NE, Altoona

Monday and Wednesday: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday:  9:00 am - 11:00 am 


Our Daily Bread Hours

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


To shop at the Altoona food pantry, park in our lot and take a pager. You will be notified via the pager when it's your turn to check in. Please limit check in and shopping to one person from your household. You will then have the choice of shopping yourself or having a volunteer collect your groceries and page you when your order is ready.


Eastview Food Pantry Hours
4101 E 42nd Street, Des Moines

Tuesday and Wednesday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

To shop at our Eastview location, drive through our parking lot and follow the arrows to the pick up lane. You will be met at your vehicle by one of our volunteers and your food will be brought out to you.


Clothes Hanger


Our Clothes Hanger service remains suspended and cannot accept donations until further notice. Please donate clothing to Hope Ministries Thrift, DAV, Many Hands Thrift Market, or Goodwill.



​Secondhand Treasures Thrift Shop

301 9th St NE, Altoona

Monday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-12:00 pm.


Our shop is open for business at 301 9th St NE in Altoona, just east of our food pantry.

Visit the shop’s website:


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. If you would like to support our efforts, please consider donating food or a monetary gift.