Ethnic foods help to ease some of the culture shock that refugees experience when they first arrive in the Quad Cities. Their cultures often rely on produce that is exclusive to their heritage and difficult to find in conventional U.S. grocery stores, like Walmart or Hy-Vee. With the help of River Bend Food Bank and local churches that grow produce during the summer, our food pantry provides the familiar fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other ingredients necessary for a balanced, familiar diet.
For our food pantry, we also shop at refugee-owned markets for Burmese, African, and Afghan foods, which include whole fish and chicken, rice, fufu, bamboo, eggs, spices, and sauces.
It costs around $1500 to purchase enough food for everyone who needs it. If your church or organization is interested in a food pantry sponsorship, please contact
Spencer Conner, Church Mobilizer
As of 2022, our food pantry is open on the second Monday of each month from 9:00AM - 11:00AM.
Food is picked up, dropped off, and prepared for distribution on the Friday before the pantry opens.
Preparation: September 9th
Distribution: September 12th
Preparation: October 7th
Distribution: October 10th
Preparation: October 11th
Distribution: October 14th
Preparation: December 9th
Distribution: December 12th
"You have helped me obtain direction, support, affection and the necessary tools to start a new life here in the USA. I could not have reached my goals so quickly without your help. Thank you very much!"
- Ysbelia, WR Client
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