Volunteers hand out lunches, taking extra precautions because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“It makes me realize that there is a much bigger world out there than what I’m personally in contact with on a day-to-day basis.”


There are several important ways you can support the work of the Free Lunch Program:


ICFLP is a 501(c)(3) organization, and as a small, highly focused program we are able to put your gifts to immediate, tangible use. A little goes a long way! For example:

  • A $15 donation provides coffee for one week
  • A $20 donation provides milk and juice for one day’s lunch
  • A $25 donation buys about 1,000 pounds of food from the HACAP regional food bank

The easiest way to support us financially is to donate online using a credit card via PayPal. You can choose to support us with a one-time donation or keep the generosity flowing with an automatic recurring payment:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Alternately, you may send a check to the Free Lunch Program at 1105 S. Gilbert Ct. Suite 100, Iowa City, IA 52240.

Or, you can make a gift to the “Free Lunch Program (Mary Palmberg) Endowment Fund” through the Community Foundation of Johnson County at

Or, you can shop Amazon Smile at this link. From there, Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of eligible purchases you make on the Amazon Smile website with no additional cost to you.


Our food needs change regularly, so please email our kitchen manager to ask about our most urgent needs to keep our pantry stocked.


Volunteers help make Free Lunch possible and serve in any number of roles:

  • Help a serving team
  • Clean part of the kitchen
  • Work on a food drive
  • Come have lunch and visit with the guests

To learn more, email our volunteer coordinator.

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