Food Assistance

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Local Office- Newton

  • Childcare Assistance: Helps pay for childcare while parents or caretakers work, attend school, look for employment or are unable to care for children due to medical reasons.
  • Families First: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) program to help families stay together and prevent the need for foster care.
  • Parent Partners: An innovative social work practice. It is unique because it celebrates individuals that have overcome obstacles through change, recovery, and accountability. Parent Partners are advocates for families. They also hold families accountable by through their case plan goals.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): An entitlement program that provides monthly benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food, they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.
315 W. 3rd St. N. Suite 660
Newton, IA 50208

First United Methodist Church

Wednesday night meal in Newton church basement.

Food Bank of Iowa

At Food Bank of Iowa, we believe no one should have to go hungry. We gather and distribute more than 1.5 million pounds of nutritious food each month to 700 partners across 55 Iowa counties, getting help to those who need it the most.

2220 E 17th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316
Other Categories: Volunteer Opportunities

Free & Reduced Schools Lunch Program

Income eligible children can have school lunch costs paid through the USDA. Please contact your child’s school in your area to get more information.

Other Categories: Educational Resources

IMPACT Community Action Partnership

IMPACT Community Action Partnership reduces the barriers and burdens that families in poverty experience by increasing access to essential needs. Assistance may be available for food and personal hygiene, utilities (heat, water, and cooling), housing (rent, deposit, and mortgage), and emergency needs.
All services are available in the office, over the phone, and by a scheduled home visit. Several programs can also be accessed via online application, email, or postal mail. See our website or contact our team by phone or email to learn more. 


3226 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach (Jasper County Office) ISU

Programs, resources, & educational opportunities: Agriculture & Natural Resources, Business & Industry, Communities, Continuing Education, Families, & 4H & Youth Development. 

Food and family classes and childcare training. Gardening. 4H, 

550 N. 2nd Ave. W.
Newton, IA 50208

Jasper County Elderly Nutrition

  • Over age 60. There is no charge for the meals, but donations are accepted and needed. 
  • Home-delivered meals, on-sion-siteolfax, Monroe & Newton, Holiday, emergency and ,weekend meals, & Farmer's Market. 
  • Congregate Meal Sites: Colfax Senior Center, Monroe: The Gathering Place, Newton: Jasper County Community Center.
  • Meals are served at 11:30 AM, Monday to Friday.  Call to reserve a meal. 
  • Keywords: seniors. 
2401 1st Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208

Jasper County Hunger Relief

Meal packaging events. 

Holy Trinity Church
Newton, IA 50208
Other Categories: Volunteer Opportunities

Jasper County Veterans Affairs VA

 Helps with the following claim forms: compensation, pension, burial, headstone application, education, dependency and indemnity, eligibility verification report, healthcare, insurance, dental, and home loans. Indigent veteran assistance is also available for housing, food, and utilities. Transportation for medical visits in coordination with RSVP/Jasper Co. Rides. 

315 W. 3rd St. N., Suite 250
Newton, IA 50208

MICA (Mid-Iowa Community Action) Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program and Maternal Child Health programs

Mid Iowa Community Action 

WIC Times and locations:

Newton Salvation Army

  • 1st Monday of every month
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Tuesday of every month
    10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Monday and Wednesday of every month
    8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Howard St. Christian Church in Colfax

  • 1st Wednesday of every month
    8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1001 S. 18th Ave.
Marshalltown, IA

Mingo Public Library, also Mingo Caring Corner

307 Mohawk Dr.
Mingo, IA 50168
Monday: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m.

Mom's Meals

Pay it Forward Clothes Closet

  • Free donated clothing.
  • Hours Mon 6-7, Tues & Wed 10-2, Thurs 9-12, Sat 10-12.
  • Closed 3rd Sat of the month.
  • Breadline- see Facebook for dates in coordination with Salvation Army. 
403 East Street
Lynnville, IA 50153
(641) 527-2758
Other Categories: Clothing- Donation Centers

PCM Clothing Closet

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit clothing closet run by a group of volunteers. We take clothing donations, sort thru them and put on display racks for individuals or families to shop for what they need. We are located on the second floor of the FRC Family Life Center in Prairie City, Iowa (across the street from the fire station).

Breadline- see Facebook for more information. In coordination with Salvation Army. 

105 S Sherman St
Prairie CIty, IA 50228
Other Categories: Clothing- Donation Centers

SNAP hotline- Food Bank of Iowa

The SNAP hotline is here to help you with qualification and application questions. Call 855-944-3663 or email


Supplemental Food Program for Seniors

  • The Commodity Supplemental Foods Program (CSFP) provides supplemental food and nutrition education for the elderly ages 60 and over at no cost.

2309 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310

Tony's Meals

We provide freshly made home-delivered meals in the central Iowa area.

400 E Court Ave, Ste 150
Des Moines, IA
(515) 280-6800


Ellipsis (formerly Youth Emergency Services & Shelter - YESS)

Our impact ranges from ensuring kids’ basic needs for food, shelter, education, and caring social interaction are met, to facilitating immeasurable, trajectory-changing personal changes — the impact of which ripples across our communities. 

PO Box 39
Johnston, IA 50131

Farmers Markets

Baxter Farmer's Market

120 S Main St
Baxter, IA 50028

Newton Farmers Market

N. 2nd Ave. W.
Newton, IA 50208
Tuesdays in June through September from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Prairie City Farmers Market - Garden Square

103 E. Jefferson St.
Prairie City, IA 50228
Thursdays from June 1 to September 28, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Food Pantries in Jasper County

Baxter Food Pantry

203 S. Main St.
Baxter, IA 50028
641-227-3391 Jo
By appointment only. Breadline every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Colfax-Mingo Area Food Pantry

More phone numbers:

  • Tracy: 515-971-2292
  • Mandy: 515-661-2045
  • Paul: 515-494-8721
  • Jessica: 515-975-1720
125 W. State St.
Colfax, IA 50054
by appointment from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

East Jasper Christian Food Pantry

423 2nd St.
Kellogg, IA 50315

Grace Church of Newton

1620 N. 11th Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208
Mondays: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., (closed for holidays that fall on a Monday)

Heart to Heart Food Pantry

14263 Hwy. F-62 E.
Lynnville, IA 50153

PCM Food Pantry

Organized by Monroe Presbyterian Church

115 S. Main St.
Monroe, IA 50170
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Monday: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Food Pantries in Jasper County

Salvation Army- Newton

Emergency assistance with rent and utilities for low-income residents of Jasper County who have received utility disconnects or rental evictions. Also offers food pantry, clothing, and household assistance.

301 N. 2nd Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208

Free Lunch

Connections Peer Support- Capstone

  • Lunch service Monday - Friday.
  • Warming and Cooling Shelter from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
  • For Mental Health - see Capstone BH link
306 N. 3rd Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208

Discover Hope 517 Ministry

  • Free community meals are available. Hours Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • Showers available from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Warming and cooling location from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Men's restoration house- transitional housing (Holds up to 12 men) see website for application. 
733 1st Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208
Monday thru Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Disclaimer: This information was provided by agencies in the community. It may not be all-encompassing and some information changes often. For Jasper County offices and contact information, browse our county directory.

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