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.
11% of households in the United States regularly miss at least one meal a week. As a member of Feeding America and the Iowa Food Bank Association, the HACAP Food Reservoir distributes donated products to area soup kitchens, pantries, senior & child care centers, drug & alcohol rehabilitation centers and other non-profit food programs that feed the needy.
Annually, our Food Reservoir Programs distribute 5.1 million pounds of food to individuals & non-profit organizations and provide 4,000 food boxes to families in need. See how you can get involved.
1 in 4 children in our community are food insecure, meaning they are unable to access enough food on a daily basis, and generally don't know where their next meal is coming from. Operation: BackPack began as a pilot has successfully grown to operate in 77 schools throughout our seven-county service area.
Completely volunteer driven, Operation: BackPack identifies food insecure children on an annual basis. Each Friday, local schools send a bag of single-serve food items home in the backpacks of hungry children so that they may be fed over the weekend. With the help of schools, volunteers, and community partners, HACAP is able to feed thousands of children in our community on a weekly basis.
One of the benefits provided by the HACAP Food Reservoir to its partner agencies is daily access to the HACAP Agency Market, a shopping area offering pantry staples, perishable goods, frozen foods, fresh produce, cleaning products and personal care items as they are available. This platform helps HACAP distribute a larger quantity of food to those who need it most, in a more dignified and timely manner.
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.
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.