Individual health, wellness and nutrition are key ingredients in maintaining productive lives. HACAP provides a variety of food and nutrition services, targeting people of all ages.
As a member of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief network, the HACAP Food Reservoir channels donated products to area soup kitchens, pantries, senior and daycare centers, drug and alcohol treatments centers, homeless shelters and other nonprofit food program that feed the needy.
Annually, our Food Reservoir Programs distribute 6 million pounds of food to individuals & non-profit organizations and provide 6,000 food boxes to families in need. See how you can get involved.
In East Central Iowa 1 in 7 elementary school age children are at risk for hunger or food insecurity. Operation BackPack (OBP) addresses this concern by temporarily providing students with nutritious, easy to prepare, shelf stable food at times when other food resources many not be available, specifically on weekends and during school vacations. A successful program begins with a strong working relationship with key school staff that identifies children with greatest need and community partners who provide volunteer resources and funding necessary for the function of the program. HACAP’s Operation BackPack began in 2008 with 8 schools participating. As of school year 2017-18 there are 77 participating schools each joined by a community partner, distributing over 95,000 backpacks to students within a 7 county service area.
Mobile Food Pantries
The mission of the Mobile Pantry Program is to meet the needs of hungry clients in urban and rural areas by providing food directly in their communities. Find a schedule with a complete list containing all of our upcoming Mobile Food Pantries by clicking here.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a public health program that serves pregnant and postpartum women, and children under the age of five. The mission of WIC is to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, nutrition education, and referrals to health care and other social services.
WIC is based on the premise that early intervention programs during critical times of growth and development can help prevent medical and developmental problems.
Rural Senior Services
HACAP offers nutritious dining services that are targeted towards seniors, although anyone can participate. The 4th Street Diner in Vinton offers a buffet-style lunch Sunday through Friday, as well as a Tuesday Evening Meal. Hot noon meals are available for delivery within Vinton's city limits any day the meal site is open
Liquid supplements, and Frozen Meals are available for delivery throughout Benton County. In addition to meals, the site operates a Medical Equipment Loan Closet and Chore services. All services are targeted to improving/maintaining daily functioning of older adults in their own homes and prevent premature institutionalization.
This program is designed to address the growing need of food insecure older adults throughout eastern Iowa. This program brings supplemental evening and weekend food to older adults in the rural communities of our region.
Nutritious meals are a fundamental need for growing children, promoting age-specific development and providing children with the building blocks necessary for maturation.
In the State of Iowa, more children receive care in childcare homes than in childcare centers. The Child and Adult Care Food Program works with registered Child Development Home providers to improve the nutritional level of the children they serve. Together with PACES and the Quality Early Childhood Initiative, HACAP provides a variety of resources to improve the lives of our children and the quality of service they receive.
Family and Community Health Alliance
HACAP understands the importance of meeting health and nutritional needs during critical times of developmental growth. We provide a variety of services for maternal, infant and child health.
- Care for Kids Child Health Program: facilitates achievement and maintenance of optimal health in children under the age of twenty-one receiving Medicaid or Title IX.
- I-Smile: Connects Iowa families with preventive dental care and education for their children.
- Maternal Health: provides prenatal education, nutritional education and social assessment for pregnant women.
- hawk-i: low-cost or no-cost health insurance program.
- Well Child Screening Clinic: provides well child care for children from birth through 21 years of age.