Iowa Holiday Assistance

ARJ_Patient_AssistanceThere are many nonprofit organizations accepting applications for assistance during the holiday season. Many are specific to residents of Iowa.

Below is a list of organizations that may be able to help during this season.

Reach out to ARJ’s Patient Resources Coordinator with questions: 866-451-8804.


Bidwell Riverside Center – Des Moines

1203 Hartford Ave. | Des Moines, Iowa

Food pantry and clothing available.

Monday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday, Closed


The City of West Des Moines

139 6th St. | West Des Moines, Iowa

Assistance available only to residents of West Des Moines (except for Toys for Tots). Services include:

  • Thanksgiving food assistance (applications open Nov. 13)
  • Christmas food assistance and Adopt-a-Family (applications open Dec. 7)
  • Toys for Tots (applications open Dec. 7)

Registration hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – Noon

Walk-ins welcome; appointments available. Must bring: Photo ID, proof of income, and proof of residence.


Salvation Army – Cedar Rapids

1000 C Ave. N.W. | Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Toys for Tots (applications open Nov. 13 – 17)

Registration hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m.

In addition to the Toys for Tots holiday program, a year-round food pantry is available to residents (apply with Susanne).

Please bring: Photo ID, proof of residence, proof of income, and proof of others in household; Department of Human Services decisions letter optional.


Salvation Army – Waterloo and Cedar Falls

89 Franklin St. | Waterloo, Iowa

Toys for children up to 17 years old; seasonal food boxes available.