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.
Thanks to our staff, volunteers, and donors, we distribute food to 75+ refugee and immigrant families each month, feeding an average of 500 people per food pantry.
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
Erica Parrigin, Food Pantry Coordinator
As of 2022, our food pantry is open on the second Monday of each month from 9:00AM - 11:00AM. Food boxes are handed out via drive-thru behind our office or delivered straight to clients' doorsteps.
Each box is packed and prepared for distribution on the Friday before distribution.
Preparation: January 7th
Distribution: January 10th
Preparation: February 11th
Distribution: February 14th
Preparation: March 11th
Distribution: March 14th
Preparation: April 8th
Distribution: April 11th
"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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