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Bidwell Food & Clothing Pantry

Needed Items & Donation Drop Off Information

You can make a difference by volunteering your time or donating much needed items.    

To coordinate a donation drive, contact Missy Reams by email at or by phone at 515-244-6251 ext. 5.



Donation Drop off Information: 

No appointment is needed to drop off donations. Items may be dropped off during the following hours: 

  • Monday through Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Address:  1203 Hartford Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315

  • Pull up on the cement slab in front of the pantry and Pantry staff will come out and grab the donations. We have someone monitoring the parking lot. 


Most Needed Right Now

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Toilet Paper

  • Soap (bar or liquid)

  • Hand Soap or Body Soap

  • Shampoo

  • Dawn Dish Soap

  • Size 4, 5, 6 diapers

  • Baby Wipes

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Cereal

  • Peanut Butter

  • Canned Fruit

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Masks

    • Disposable

    • Hand-made​

  • Disposable Gloves

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Sanitizing Wipes


Personal Items

  • Toilet Paper

  • Shampoo

  • Soap

  • Deodorant

  • Toothpaste

  • Toothbrushes

  • Feminine Hygiene Products

  • Razors

  • Adult Incontinence Items

Food Donations

  • Garden Produce

  • Canned Meat (Tuna, Chicken)

  • Cereal

  • Soup

  • Spaghetti Noodles

  • Spaghetti Sauce

  • Peanut Butter 

  • Canned corn and green beans

  • Ramen Noodles

  • Canned Fruit

  • Mac-n-Cheese

  • Chef Boyardee with meat

  • Healthy Breakfast Bars


Other Items​

  • Can Openers 

  • ​Pet Food

  • Plastic Grocery Bags

    • Plastic Bags

    • Paper Bags

    • T-shirt Bags

    • Cloth Bags

Paper Products​

  • Kleenex

  • Paper towels

  • Napkins

  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags

  • 45 Gallon Trash Bags

  • Plastic Silverware & Plates

  • Zipper Sandwich Bags


Baby Supplies

  • Diapers Sizes 4, 5, and 6​

  • Baby Wipes

  • Baby Food

  • Formula

Cleaning Supplies

  • Dish Soap

  • Windex

  • Dishwashing Soap

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Pinesol or Disinfectant 

  • Zipper Sandwich Bags

Household Items

  • Books (3-4 boxes at a time)

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

  • Towels

  • Bedding, blankets, sheets, and pillows



  • 8-10 bags/boxes at a time

    All Clothing (Seasonally Appropriate)

  • Underwear, Bras, and Socks

  • Shoes and belts

  • Hats, Gloves, Mittens and Scarves

Winter Coats​

  • Accepted September through March 

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 car seats or booster seats

  • 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 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 used food containers (or cool whip containers, etc.) or plastic to-go cups from convenience stores

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

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