Food Assistance

Turn to Metro Catholic Outreach (MCO) when you need food assistance. MCO’s food pantry can help you and your family through the donations of 11 Catholic parishes in Cedar Rapids.


Using the MCO Food Pantry

img_1166Call or come in to the MCO office at least 24 hours in advance of the food basket distribution time. We will ask for your name, address, phone, and the names of the people in your household.


What are the Requirements?

If you have a food need, we want to help meet your need. For your privacy, we don’t require proof of income, identification, your social security number or proof of residency.


How Do I Get My Food Basket?

The food pantry distributes food baskets every week. Take advantage of  our convenient drive up to pick up your basket or if you prefer, you can walk in or come by bus – there are four bus stops within a four blocks radius of our building and the ground transportation center is also nearby.
Teenagers Sorting Food into BasketsYou can pick up your food baskets on:

  • Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday from 10 to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.


MCO may adjusts distribution dates around the holidays.


How Often Can I Get a Food Basket?

You are eligible for a basket once every 30 days.


What’s in a Food Basket?

Your food basket will typically contain food items, based on availability, such as:

  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Canned meat
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Soup and SpaghettiOs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Box potatoes
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Rice
  • Pasta or noodles
  • Crackers or muffin mix
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cake or cookie mix
  • Cereal
  • Milk


Questions? Contact MCO