Thanksgiving in July

“Food is one of our most basic needs,” says Thanksgiving in July founder Chef Ron Hall. “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.”


Did you know:

  • Thanksgiving in July began at Mercy IC in 1999.
  • Thanksgiving in July continues to expand and is currently in 11 different communities and supports 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 every day this summer.


Please send your financial gifts directly to 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.

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



Agencies Receiving Donations


Iowa City                                                                   Coralville                                                  North Liberty                                                    Washington                              

The Crisis Center of Johnson County     Coralville Community Food Pantry        North Liberty Community Food Pantr     Hawkeye Area Community Action Program


Des Moines                                                                          Fairfield                                                Muscatine                                                   Quad City Area                          

Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)    Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County      Muscatine Community Food Pantry             Churches United

                                                                                                                                                          Salvation Army of Muscatine