Covid 19 Response - The pantry is open!

During the Covid 19 pandemic the Food Pantry has changed how clients receive food. For the time-being, we are operating a drive-through only model. Clients should remain in their car and will receive an assortment of pre-selected items. If you have special requests for particular items (toiletries, sanitary items, etc. - you may tell them to the volunteer who greets you in your car. But we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet any particular request. We hope to return to the client-choice shopping model as soon as possible. 

Clients are required to maintain safe physical distance from each other and from our volunteers. We are doing this to keep our community safe and healthy. 

Our hours are the same: 12:30-2:30, Monday through Friday. And 4:30-7:30 on Thursday evenings. New clients are welcome. All you need to bring is an ID for our internal tracking use. 

Get Food

Anyone who lives in Iowa can come to the pantry for food each week during our open hours. We know visiting a food pantry for the first time can be intimidating, but it's simple! We'll need your name, an identification, address, and the number of people who live with you. That's it!


We have good volunteers and are always looking to grow our talent pool! Additional volunteers may be needed as our response to Covid-19 evolves. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed.


Our donors make this whole thing possible. We can buy food very affordably with your gift of money, but your gifts of food and fresh produce also make a big difference. Gifts of food should be left in the donation boxes at the end of our drive-through line during our open hours. We are not accepting food items that need cooling from the general public at this time. To arrange a large or commercial donation, email

who we are

We are a faith-based, non-profit charity organization serving thousands and thousands of clients who need food and other basic essentials. With the exception of an operations manager providing continuity to our Covid-19 response, we are entirely volunteer-driven (there's more than 100!) and operate with extremely low overhead. When you support our organization, you should feel good knowing that your generosity means your neighbors in need have access to good nutrition. 

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Pantry Hours
Closure Info

Mon-Fri 12:30-2:30

Thu 4:30-7:30

Closed for some holidays

Closed in bad weather

Our Mission: As a faith- based organization, the Decorah Community Food Pantry shares food with local Iowans facing food insecurity. We strive to interact with clients in a welcoming and respectful manner.     


Nondiscrimination statement: This institution is an equal opportunity employer. Click here to learn more.


© 2020 Decorah Area Community Pantry

We close when Decorah schools close for weather, click here for current closure info

We are not open: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Good Friday, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve

We are located at 110 Railroad Street in Decorah, Iowa.

Mail: PO Box 26, Decorah, IA 52101Connect with us on Facebook

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