Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Inc.

aka Hunger Relief

Waterloo, IA


The mission of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank is to provide food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations and individuals in Northeast Iowa while offering hunger education to the community and those in need.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Barbara Prather

Main Address

PO Box 2397

Waterloo, IA 50704 USA


food, foodbank, hunger, needy





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

There are over 44,000 food insecure people in northeast Iowa. We are working to make sure that all have access to nutritious food and grocery product.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Member Agency Distribution

Cedar Valley Food Pantry

Kids Cafe

Summer Feeding

BackPack Program

Elderly Nutrition Program

Mobile Food Pantry

Community Garden

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

We are aiming to close the Meal Gap by 2025.

We intend have a recipe to close the Meal Gap by 2025 by using our Ingredients (donations and volunteers), Utensils (infrastructure, compliance and technology), and identifying the Serving Size (how many meals are needed on top of what we already are providing).

Every recipe is comprised of special ingredients. At the Food Bank, we rely on the support from our volunteers and donors to feed over our 16 county service area. Without you, we would not have gotten this far. With you, we will close the Meal Gap.

The right utensils allow us to use our ingredients efficiently and ensure that the recipe can be completed. Improving infrastructure, maintaining compliance, and utilizing technology are all ways in which we prepare this recipe. To close the Meal Gap by 2025, our utensils must be efficient, as well as a priority.

Serving sizes exist so you can scale your recipe. We have an estimated 44,000 food insure neighbors in northeast Iowa. To feed them all, we must provide an additional 2 million meals on top of the 8 million meals that we currently distribute. We need to fix that, so Let's Fix Dinner.

Ultimately we will know if we are making progress because the Meal Gap will be closed and we will be able to continuously keep it closed.

Since our strategic plan, we have increased our meals distributed by 20% in the last 2 years. The number of those who are food insecure is going down and we have increased our number of volunteers in each day and week and have increased donations.

External Reviews


Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?