Care and Share House is a free food pantry and free store for clothing and household items with two locations in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Care and Share House is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by the Council Bluffs area United Methodist Churches. Care and Share House is operated totally by volunteers.

Our Mission Statement

To feed and clothe the people in need within our community while treating them with dignity and respect

Volunteers and donations are welcome. Monetary donations and donations of food, gently used clothing, and household items are always needed. Checks may be made out to Care and Share House and mailed to PO Box 184, Council Bluffs, IA 51502. Donations of food and clothing may be dropped off at either location during open hours.
Please feel free to stop by either location to visit or to learn more about any of our programs.

Looking back at 2018 and the impact made…

3,693 households received FREE food pantries – totaling 10,297 PEOPLE

Care and Share purchased 75 TONS of food from Food Bank for the Heartland for distribution to individuals and families in our community at a cost of $16,858.56 or 11.3 cents per lb.  These statistics do not not include the additional pounds of food received from individuals, food drives, churches, and community groups which were distributed throughout our community. 

The Free Stores also continue to be very busy with many, many people selecting clothes and household items at no cost. Numbers are not available for the Free Stores as people are welcome to just come in and shop and do not register or sign in to shop.

Care and Share couldn’t make such an impact without all of you. THANK YOU!


Care and Share House receives a portion of our food from the USDA through the Emergency Food Assistance Program, also known as TEFAP.  No ID or additional information is required to receive TEFAP food(s) as long as you are under the monthly gross income limits.