Iowa Holiday Assistance


We’re happy to connect you to resources that may be able to help with food, clothing, and support during the holiday season.

The following nonprofit organizations are accepting applications in Iowa.

Please reach out to ARJ’s Patient Resource Coordinator to get started: 866-451-8804.


Fred Maytag II Scout Center

6123 Scout Trail | Des Moines, Iowa

Holiday assistance and food pantry available.

Please apply in person: Nov. 5 – 9, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Family must bring ID for everyone in the household (i.e., birth certificate/medical card, mail with address).

For utility and rent assistance:

Call 515-282-3422 on Mondays to make an appointment.


Hope Café at Bethel Mission

1310 Sixth Ave. | Des Moines, Iowa

Free hot meal in Des Moines. Seniors and the disabled may be eligible for delivery. Call or email to sign up.


Salvation Army

Holiday meals available while donations last.

520 35th St. | Des Moines, Iowa


1216 E. 25th Ct. | Des Moines, Iowa


St. Joseph Catholic Church

3300 Easton Blvd. | Des Moines, Iowa

Free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Children may receive small gift during Christmas. Deliveries may be available.


St. Vincent de Paul Society

1426 Sixth Ave. | Des Moines, Iowa

Operation Santa Claus offers gifts to children.


West Des Moines Human Services

139 6th St. | West Des Moines, Iowa


$20 voucher to Hy-Vee.

Sign-up dates: Oct. 1 – Nov. 8



Adopt-a-Family sign-up: Oct. 9 – Dec. 6

Must sign up in person. Please bring proof of income and IDs for every family member.


Office hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. – Noon