Bidwell Clothing & Household Pantry

& Donation Drop Off Information

At Bidwell Riverside Center, new or gently-used items are needed for our clothing and household  pantry.  Items need to be clean, in good condition, in working order, and include all pieces.  Damaged or broken items may be turned away.Items should not be left outside. 

Schedule a Drop Off

Clothing and Household Pantry items are accepted by appointment only. 

To schedule an appointment, email (click here) or call 515-244-6251 option 201.

An appointment date and time will be determined when you call. You may drop off one large grocery cart at one time. 

Where to Drop Off Items: 

  • Address:  1203 Hartford Avenue, Des Moines Iowa 50315

  • Donations are to be placed in the trunk, hatch, or back seat.

  • Pantry staff will come out and grab the donations without contact. 

Click Here to Donate Food Pantry 


Accepted Items:    

  • Clothing (current season only)

  • Underwear, bras, and socks

  • Shoes and belts

  • Books

  • Cookware and Dishes: dishes, glassware, silverware, pans, kitchen utensils, and small appliances including microwaves

  • Towels

  • Bedding, blankets, sheets, and pillows

  • Coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves

Items Not Accepted At This Time:

  • No out of season clothing

  • No jewelry

  • No purses

  • No magazines, records, compact disks (CDs), video tapes and DVDs

  • No games, toys and sports equipment

  • No lamps

  • No collectibles, antiques, knickknacks and other gift-ware

  • No hand tools and small power tools

  • No strollers

  • No booster seats (none with high back)

  • No furniture

  • No mattresses/box springs or bed frames

  • No TVs or electronics including stereos, radios, VCRs, DVD players, etc.

  • No computers, laptops, or monitors of any kind

  • No cribs, high chairs, or walkers

  • No car seats or booster seats with high backs 

  • No soiled clothing

  • No household chemical products such as pesticides, paint, paint thinner, and other environmentally-unfriendly waste products.

  • No automotive hazardous waste such as tires, lead acid batteries, additives, gasoline, oils, antifreeze, etc.

  • No large appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves/ovens, washers/dryers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, furnaces, etc.

  • No carpet or carpet padding

  • No plumbing fixtures or building materials

  • No weapons such as guns, bows and arrows, ammunition, hunting knives, etc.

  • No plastic containers without lids (ex: Tupperware)

  • No used food containers (or cool whip containers, etc.) or plastic to-go cups from convenience stores

  • No used medical equipment (such as wheel chairs, walkers, breathing machines, crutches, etc.)

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Phone: 515-244-6251

Fax: 515-244-3815

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