Health & Nutrition

Programs & Services

For questions and more information on HACAP's Health & Nutrition programs call us at (319) 393-7811 or by emailing info@hacap.org

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.

  • WIC - Provides pregnant/postpartum women and children with nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to other health care agencies. 
  • Child Health/Care for Kids - Informs families about resources available to them regarding their health care needs.
  • 1st Five - The 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative works with medical practitioners who identify social/emotional or developmental concerns, family stressors or caregiver depression during well child medical exams. 
  • Spark*5 - A partnership with the United Way of East Central Iowa between first-time parents living in the 52404 Cedar Rapids zip code.
  • I-Smile - Connects Iowa families with preventive dental care and education for their children.
  • RED Ahead - RED Ahead (or Read Every Day to get Ahead) provides parents information and activities to help their young children develop the language skills they need to be ready for kindergarten.
  • Maternal Health - Provides prenatal education, nutritional education and social assessment for pregnant women.
  • School Based Dental Sealant - Provides sealant services to to at risk school age children to prevent the decay of teeth. 
  • 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.

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Food Reservoir

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.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  Please click on the link to view the full USDA Non Discriminatory Statement: https://www.usda.gov/non-discrimination-statement

Click to Read our Summer 2019 Newsletter Here!

Find a list of local Food Pantries by Clicking Here

  • Operation BackPack - 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. 
  • Mobile Food Pantry - 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. 

View our Mobile Food Pantry Schedule Here.

  • Senior Totes - 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. 

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Rural Senior Services

HACAP offers nutritious dining services in Benton County that are targeted towards seniors, although anyone can participate.

  • 4th Street Diner - 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. 

View our 4th Street Diner Menu here. 

  • Belle Plaine Senior Dining - Distributes meals to individuals in need who can’t make it out of their homes.

Community Resources 

Linn County Food Assistance Resources

I-Smile Website

Cost of Hunger Infographic

Food Reservoir FAQ

How do we host a food drive?

The ideal time to host a food drive is between the months of May and the end of August. The Food Reservoir and other community partners participate in the annual Eastern Iowa Freedom from Hunger Food drives during that time. However, if this particular time frame doesn't work for you, let us know. We'd welcome your participation at another time during the year. The need for food assistance is ongoing!

Businesses or individuals looking to host a food drive can contact our HACAP Food Reservoir at (319) 393-7811 for a full list of suggested items.  

How can we donate to the Food Reservoir?

Financial donations help us to purchase food. A $1 donation purchases approximately 6 pounds of food. If you are interested in making a monetary donation, make your check payable to the HACAP Food Reservoir. Checks should be mailed to:

HACAP Food Reservoir
PO Box 490
Hiawatha, IA 52233

You can also help by donating nonperishable food. Some of the items we are most in need of are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruits, peanut butter, chili and macaroni and cheese. Click here to earn more about donating food. 

 

How many partner agencies do you have?

The Food Reservoir currently serves 134 partner agencies within the Benton, Johnson, Linn, Jones, Washington, Cedar and Iowa Counties.

How is the food reservoir funded?

  • Partner Agency Support 
  • Individual, Business and Group donations  
  • Special Events
  • Grants and Foundations
  • Fundraising

Where do you get your food from?

We apply for and are awarded grants to help fund some of our food programs. The Food Reservoir also receives donations from partner businesses such as Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart, Quaker Oats, and General Mills. Food drives are also an important resource to us. 

I-Smile FAQ

What can my child receive as part of the I-Smile™ program?

I-Smile™ is a group of dental hygienists and nurses that are able to provide oral screenings, education, anticipatory guidance, and preventive services. Children apart of the program can receive, regular dental screenings, fluoride treatments to help keep teeth strong, instructions in tooth brushing, flossing and healthy diet, referral and assistance with finding a dentist.