Thanksgiving In July
Food is one of our most basic needs.
Everyone understands what it means to be hungry,
yet many are unaware of how widespread the need is in our community.
Hundreds of individuals and families with children are in need of assistance each week.
There is a network of concerned individuals silently waging the war against hunger each day.
We are asking the community to join them in the fight against hunger.
-Chef Ron Hall
Did you know
Thanksgiving in July began at Mercy IC in 1999.
Thanksgiving in July is in 11 different communities
Supporting 51 food pantries and food relief organizations.
Last year Thanksgiving in July collected
293,352 pounds of food-146 tons.
Over the last 19 years...
Thanksgiving in July has collected 660 tons of food.
Financial Gifts can provide
$35.00 feeds a family of five for 1 week.
$110.00 feeds two siblings for 2 months. $250.00 feeds 3 children lunch daily this summer.
Our Community Wide Food Drive
Thanksgiving in July is a community wide food drive
organized by the Mercy Health Network Iowa City, Executive Chef Ron Hall
in partnership with United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties.
Thanksgiving in July food drives will be held throughout the month of July
by area business, civic and faith based organizations as well as interested individuals.
All food and funds donated will go directly to individuals and families in need of assistance
throughout Johnson & Washington Counties.
You can organize your own mini food drive for a food pantry of your choice.
Top Items Needed
Canned fruit Canned meat 100% fruit juice Pasta & rice
Peanut butter Baby formula Canned vegetables Hearty soups & stews
PLEASE SEND YOUR FINANCIAL GIFTS DIRECTLYTO ONE OF THE PARTICIPATING THANKSGIVING IN JULY AGENCIES BELOW.
PLEASE NOTE "THANKSGIVING IN JULY" IN THE MEMO SECTION TO ASSURE YOUR DONATION WILL FEED THOSE IN NEED.
Agencies Receiving Donations
Iowa City The Crisis Center of Johnson County Coralville Coralville Community Food Pantry
North Liberty North Liberty Community Food Pantry Washington Hawkeye Area Community Action Program
Des Moines Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Fairfield Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County
Muscatine Muscatine Community Food Pantry & Salvation Army of Muscatine Quad City Area Churches United