Helpful Donations to Care and Share House
Monetary donations are used to purchase food at the Food Bank of the Heartland at significantly reduced prices from grocery retail prices. Care and Share House typically orders between 6,000 to 10,000 lbs. of food from the Food Bank twice a month. Donations of money are also used for our operating costs which include utility costs at our two locations and the cost to rent a truck to pick up our food from the Food Bank. Care and Share House has no costs for administration or rent as our program is run entirely by volunteers and the two locations have been provided rent free by the building owners. Monetary donations go directly to provide services to our clients. Donations may be mailed to:
Care and Share House
PO Box 184
Council Bluffs, IA 51502
Donations of food are also very useful to Care and Share House. Basic food items that are helpful include soup, , tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, rice, cereal, macaroni and cheese boxes, boxed meals such as Hamburger Helper, canned dinners such as Spaghettio’s, ramen noodles, crackers, and cookies. Other items that our clients appreciate include: instant coffee, tea bags, salad dressings, potatoes, and produce from personal gardens.
The free store that is available to our clients is only possible through donations from the community. We accept and encourage donations of all types of gently used adult clothing, coats, and shoes and all types of gently used children and infant clothing, coats, and shoes. There is always a great need for men’s jeans, shirts, socks, and underwear. Donations of new underwear for young children are also very helpful. Clothing donations should have working zippers and buttons and be free of stains and tears or rips. Household items in good condition are very popular with our clients. We accept dishes, pots and pans, decorative items, toys, books, baby items, glasses, kitchen and eating utensils, towels and washcloths, sheets, blankets, and most any other household item. WE DO NOT accept furniture, TV’s, car seats, or old electronics.
Donations of food, clothing, and household items may be delivered to either location during our open hours and also at South Main on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.