Thank You!

2016 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! We collected 1,413 items for the Urbandale Food Pantry (including the items brought to the Library’s Food for Fines program after 2pm)! The final totals are: 641 personal care items, 357 (mostly) handmade warm items (our biggest number ever!), 415 food items, and $224 in monetary donations. Over 125 people attended on a very cold day between 9am to 2pm!

We had a lot of knitters stay and knit this year—it was fun to see the big group gathered in a circle. Even the front table volunteers were knitting! In addition, we had several people working on cozy fleece scarves and a baby blanket. We also collected 40 cards of hope that attendees and volunteers colored. Those will be handed out to Pantry visitors in the days ahead. A few people pledged to take action this year to confront hunger and food insecurity by donating food to different places and growing food in their garden for others. Thank you all!

Many VISTA/AmeriCorps volunteers from around the metro and Iowa helped staff the event, as well as a local high school student and other local volunteers of various ages. Thank you to the many volunteers who pitched in to help make this event a success. 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, and providing welcome hospitality. We love the Urbandale Public Library!


Help the Urbandale Food Pantry on MLK Day, January 18, 2016!

Make It Personal!

January 18, 2016 | 9am to 2pm
Urbandale Public Library Meeting Room
3520 – 86th St., Urbandale, Iowa

On January 18, 2016, 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.  Children are welcome!  Since the first event in January 2009 (then called Give Care * Warmth * Art), we have collected over 9,725 items for the Urbandale Food Pantry.

Make It Personal! We are emphasizing the collection of 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…

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.


Taking Action Together
Pledge to take action against hunger and food insecurity during the rest of 2016.

Ideas for pledging action (and some pledges)
Ideas for pledging action (and some pledges)

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!