Caring Hands Outreach

Caring Hands Outreach began in 2003 as a community of faith seeking to respond to the needs of people in the Southeast Polk community. Local churches of different denominations partner to develop resources for people in need. 

What We Do
Caring Hands Food Pantry
Assistance with food and other basic needs
Mondays & Wednesdays, 4-6 pm
First & Third Saturdays, 9-11 am
201 9th St NE Altoona IA 50009
(515) 967-4533

Monday Night Supper
Free dinner, served the last Monday of each month at Advernture-Life Church

Thanksgiving & Christmas Family Dinners
Served on the Sunday before the holiday

Kid's Cafe
Summer weekday lunch & learning activities for young children


To Get Involved
There are many ways to support the activities of Caring Hands Outreach. Cash donationa are appreciated, may be earmarked for specific projects and are tax deductible. Food donations for the food pantry are always welcome. Both can be dropped off directly at Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church.

Food Pantry volunteers stock shelves and interview recipients.
Kid's Cafe volunteers serve lunches, and interact with children. 
Monday Night Supper and Holiday Dinner volunteers help with food preparation and interact with families.

Partner Churches

Adventure-Life Church
Altoona Christian church
Altoona United Methodist Church
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church of the Cross
Oakwood United Methodist Church
Rising Sun Church of Christ
Runnells Christian Church
Ss. John & Paul Catholic Church

Caring Hands Officers

Alice Bolen, President
Runnells Christian Church
515-966-2587

Mike Bodkins, Vice President
Christ the King Lutheran Church
515-967-3349

Tom VandeBerg, Secretary
Adventure Life Church
515-967-5184

For more information, click
Caring Hands Outreach Center


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