Thank You!

2017 Imagine Enough for Everyone MLK Day event

Thanks to everyone who came to the Imagine Enough for Everyone event at the Urbandale Library this year! The icy/iffy weather made attendance a struggle. But thanks to 50 hardy citizens, the Library’s Food for Fines program that lasted until the Library closed, and Urbandale city department collections, we were able to take in a decent amount of items for the Urbandale Food Pantry! The final totals from the day are: 459 personal care items, 104 (mostly) handmade warm items, 365 food items, and $405 in monetary donations.

We were only able to list 15 ways to support our neighbors in need (instead of the 100 we were hoping for), but I will post the ideas we received and add to them over time.

If anyone planning to attend was not able to because of the weather, but have items or money to donate to the Urbandale Food Pantry:

Please drop them off directly to the Urbandale Food Pantry during their normal operating hours (Mon.-Thurs. 9:30am to 6:30pm, Sat. 8am-12noon). The UFP closes in extreme weather, so check the Pantry website or facebook page to make sure it’s open before you go! The Pantry is located at 7611 Douglas Ave., Suite 34/35 (the lower level (west side) of the Cedar Ridge Shopping Center on the north side of Douglas), Urbandale, IA 50322. Please mention that your donations are for”Imagine Enough” or “MLK Day” when you drop them off.

Please drop off or mail to the Pantry at the address above. Again, please put “Imagine Enough” or “MLK Day” in the memo or on a note with your donation. You can also donate online via PayPal and note the event there (

Thank you to the volunteers who braved the weather to help make this event a success. Matt, Mary Jo, Barb, Diane, Jack, LuAnn, and Jordan & Grade A Gardens—we couldn’t make the event work without you!

And as always, a big thank you to the Urbandale Public Library, especially Janine and Lynnae, for opening their meeting rooms for our event, helping with logistics as needed, inspiring Urbandale city department collections, and providing welcome hospitality. We love the Urbandale Public Library!


Make It Personal in 2017!

Make It Personal!

January 16, 2017 | 9am to 2pm
Urbandale Public Library Meeting Room
3520 – 86th St., Urbandale, Iowa

On January 16, 2017, bring:

  • new (unused, unopened, and unexpired) personal care items
  • warm scarves and hats (especially hand-made)
  • monetary gifts

to help the Urbandale Food Pantry serve our neighbors in need throughout all of Polk County. Children are welcome! Since the first event in January 2009, we have collected over 11,100 items for the Urbandale Food Pantry.

Make It Personal! Please bring PERSONAL CARE ITEMS this year, because our clients cannot buy them with SNAP benefits (formerly “food stamps”) and the Pantry has to buy them (DMARC does not supply them as it does our food items).

Personal care items
Personal care items

also part of the event…

100 Ways to Help Our Neighbors in Need
In celebration of the City of Urbandale’s Centennial Celebration, please help us come up with a list of 100 unique actions (large and small) that we all can take in the coming year to help those in need, especially (but not limited to) addressing hunger and food insecurity.

Ideas for action
Ideas for action

Creating Together
We invite knitters, crocheters and other crafters to come and knit/crochet/create with us for awhile (or just drop off your handmade scarves, etc.).

Knitters knitting
Knitters knitting

Coloring Together
When you stop in that day, take a moment to color a special picture for the Urbandale Food Pantry.


AND for Urbandale Library Patrons:
Food for FinesFood for FineS
Every 1 donated:
new personal care item = $1 in fines
new food item = 50¢ in fines
on one patron account at the Urbandale Public Library.
NO LIMIT on number of items!

Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!