Decorah Community Food Pantry


Monday – Friday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Enter the food pantry by the courtyard doors on the Broadway side of the church. Clients will be asked for their name, address, identification, and number of members in their family. No other documentation is necessary.

The Food Pantry is closed whenever the Decorah Schools close for weather. The Food Pantry may have abbreviated hours or be closed around major holidays. Listen to local radio stations for announcements, or call the church with questions: (563) 382-2638.


We are able to provide this important community service only because of your contributions and because of local partnerships. Thank you for your generosity!!

Food donations: In general, financial donations are more efficient and more flexible, but food contributions are certainly always welcome, especially for particular needs. We are glad to accept fresh produce items, but health regulations to not permit us to accept other home-prepared items.

Monetary donations: We can purchase food from the Northeastern Iowa Food Bank and other partner organizations at an extremely reduced rate – up to $12 of food for every $1 donated. Please consider offering a financial gift to this ministry. Checks should be made out to “Decorah Community Food Pantry” and mailed or brought to First Lutheran Church, 604 W. Broadway, Decorah, IA 52101.

Volunteering: We always need more volunteers to work with clients in the afternoon – Spanish language skills are especially needed! We also have a crew of volunteers who help unload trucks and stock shelves. If you are interested in serving, please contact the church office at 563-382-2638.

Prayers: Pray for the ministry of the Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church and for those who benefit from it. Ask the Lord for insight into how we might be part of the solution to the problem of increasing hunger in the world, including Iowa. Pray that we might know the best direction forward as the need for our services continues to expand.

The Decorah Community Food Pantry was founded in 1996 to provide food, personal care, and household supplies to a growing number of people in the community who lacked these resources. The pantry currently serves individuals and families from a wide range of counties and communities across northeastern Iowa. The Food Pantry is an Iowa non-profit corporation (501c3).