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As Iowans deal with disruptions to their families and communities, these resources provide information to help you cope with concerns about healthy eating, relationships, mental health and wellbeing, personal finance, food safety, and nutrition and wellness.


Iowa Concern | 800-447-1985
A confidential, free resource answered 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Language interpretation available. Dial 711 for TTY/TDD.

  • Phone Support - Trained staff take your calls via the toll-free hotline.
  • Email an Expert - Send your questions related to legal issues, finances, stress and crisis or disaster to our staff.
  • Live Chat - One-on-one, secure communication through typed text with a stress counselor.


AnswerLine | 800-262-3804 (in Iowa)
Information and resources for consumers with home and family questions. Language interpretation available. Dial 711 for TTY/TDD.

Toll-free Monday through Friday, 9 am - noon and 1 - 4 pm.

Email an Expert - Send your questions to our trained staff.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 988
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Information - Resources

Caregiving and Relationships
Child Care
Food Access

Connect with your local food bank

  • Food Bank of Siouxland Inc. - serving Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, Monona, and Crawford counties
  • Food Bank for the Heartland - serving Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, and Page counties
  • River Bend Food Bank - serving Muscatine, Scott, Clinton, Jackson, and Dubuque counties
  • HACAP - serving Jones, Cedar, Johnson, Linn, Washington, Benton, and Iowa counties
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank - serving Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Floyd, Butler, Bremer, Chickasaw, Fayette, Clayton, Grundy, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Delaware, Tama, and Poweshiek counties
  • Food Bank of Iowa - all counties not listed above

Access summer meal sites for children

  • Text 'FOOD' to 877-877 or 'COMIDA' for Spanish language information
Healthy Eating on a Budget


Food Safety
Mental Health and Wellbeing






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