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Caring Hands ministries uplifts and encourages neighbors

in need with a variety of support services.

Food Pantry

Altoona & Eastview Locations

Clients are eligible to be served at the Food Pantries once per month.  The Altoona Food Pantry serves clients living in the Southeast Polk School District or within the city limits of Bondurant and Pleasant Hill.  The Eastview Food Pantry serves clients living anywhere in Polk County.  Clients are asked to bring a valid ID and piece of mail for confirmation of residency.

Altoona Pantry (201 Ninth St NE, Altoona) Hours:

Food Pantry:

Mondays and Wednesdays 3-5 p.m. Saturday 9-11 a.m.

Our Daily Bread (201 9th St NE, Altoona):

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Eastview (4101 E 42nd St, Des Moines) Hours:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m.

Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Uplift Program


Caring Hands can offer limited help with clothing, household items, utilities or rent. Please call Pam, our Uplift Coordinator, at (515) 967-4533 ext. 4 to schedule an appointment. Fill out an application here.

Our Daily Bread

Altoona Location

As a supplement to our regular food pantry, Our Daily Bread offers clients the opportunity to receive extra produce, canned goods, and bakery products once a week. The variety and quantity of food varies, depending on availability. Our Daily Bread is open: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Secondhand Treasures

Secondhand Treasures is a thrift store located at 602 3rd St SW, Altoona, Iowa. You'll find affordable clothing for the entire family, furniture, home decor, vintage items, kitchen items, collectibles, and home goods. 

August is our mega clothing and shoe sale.

Aug 1-6: All clothing & shoes $2

Aug 8-13: All clothing & shoes $1

Aug 15-20: $10/bag & BOGO

Aug 22-27: $5/bag & BOGO

For more information, visit our store or call (515) 635-0249.

Second hand

Simple Supper

Adventure Life Church - Altoona

Simple Supper is a community wide invitation to fellowship around a delicious meal. EVERYONE is welcome! Our next supper is Monday, August 29, 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Adventure Life Church: 1700 8th St SW, Altoona. Our friends from Lutheran Church of the Cross will be serving pulled pork on bun, baked beans, coleslaw, watermelon, and cookies. There will be both dine-in and carry-out options.

If you want more information about Caring Hands' ministries, need to learn if you qualify for assistance, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.

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