RAMS Unite

The RAMS Unite page offers a unified location for Southeast Polk community students and families who are in need to find resources that will help support and ensure their success.

Food Pantry and Clothes Hanger Information

Caring Hands Outreach Center is a collaborative effort of churches and community organizations in the Southeast Polk region of Central Iowa, providing food, clothing, and household items to those in need. *Donations are accepted during hours of operation listed below.

Location: 201 9th Street NW, Altoona IA 50009

Contact: 515.967.4533

Caring Hands Food Pantry – offers the choice of food, personal care, cleaning items, and limited help with rent/utilities.

Clothes Hanger – offers infant through adults size clothes and small household goods at no cost.

  • Food Pantry Hours Monday and Wednesday 4-6pm as well as the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9-11am
  • Clothes Hanger hours Monday and Wednesday 3-6pm as well as the 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9-11am

Shop with a Cop

Shop with a Cop is a program where with limited financial resources have an opportunity to go on a shopping trip with an officer during the holiday season.

  • To see if a family or student qualifies, please reach out to officer Tufts at mtufts@altoonapd.com
  • Call the Altoona PD office at 515.967.5132.

Summer Meal Sites

Altoona Kids Cafe is a Summer Food Service Program that provides summer lunches to students who reside within the Southeast Polk School District. If you are interested in lending a hand or joining them for lunch, please contact us.

Location: Cross Cafe located inside Lutheran Church of the Cross, in Altoona.

Lunch Offerings: They will serve lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30-12:30 pm from June 12 until July 21.

Contact: altoonakidscafe@gmail.com

Des Moines Summer Meal Program – The Des Moines Public School District is once again sponsoring a Summer Food Service Program, with sites providing free meals to all children 18 years of age or younger beginning as early as June 5, 2017. No meals are served on July 4, 2017. Please pay close attention to start and end dates for each site.

There is a total of 31 meal sites throughout the community that will provide lunch; 26 of those sites will also provide breakfast. The school district has been sponsoring a summer meal program for more than 30 years. Funding for the program is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2016, the school district served children 47,000 breakfasts and almost 100,000 lunches during summer break.

Click here to download a list of the 2017 DMPS Summer Meal Sites.

Participation factors may result in some sites closing earlier than anticipated.  Check with the site nearest you for details or call the Food & Nutrition Management Office at 242-7636. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

West Des Moines Summer Meal Program – The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Nutrition Services Department is working with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation, West Des Moines Human Services and Walnut Creek YMCA to offer a Summer Food Service Program from June 6 to Aug. 11, 2017. Meals will be provided to all children 18 or younger without charge; adults may pay $2 for breakfast or $3.50 for lunch. The meals will be provided Monday through Friday, on a first come, first served basis.

  • Legion Park, corner of 4th Street and Vine Street, West Des Moines (Closed July 4)
    • Lunch: 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Stilwell Junior High, 1601 Vine St., West Des Moines Closed July 3 and 4)
    • Breakfast: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines (closed July 3 and 4)
    • Breakfast: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Walnut Creek YMCA, 948 73rd Street, Windsor Heights (Closed July 4)
    • Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
    • Lunch:  11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Crestview School of Inquiry, 8355 Franklin Ave., Clive (Closed July 3 and 4)
    • Breakfast: 7:45-8:45 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Hillside Elementary, 713 8th St., West Des Moines (Closed July 3 and 4)
    • Breakfast: 7:45-8:45 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m

Saydel Summer Meal Program – The Saydel Community School District is sponsoring a Summer Food Service Program with sites providing free meals to all 18 years of age or younger as early as June 5, 2017.  There is a total of 3 meal sites throughout the community that will provide lunch, Cornell Elementary will also provide breakfast.  Funding for the program is provided through the US Department of Agriculture.  Participation factors may result in some sites closing earlier than anticipated.  Check with the site nearest you for details of call the Food & Nutrition office at 264-0866 or visit our website.

United Way

Need assistance? Call United Way 211 get connected and get answers. This service is available 24/7 and is confidential. www.211iowa.org.  Contact United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 319-739-4211 or 1-866-469-2211.