Assistance Programs, Local Agencies, and Charities


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Iowa Assistance Programs and Services


  • Iowa Food Assistance Program  – Monthly food stamp assistance benefits, (+++)  Call: 877-347-5678
  • Iowa General Assistance    Designed to meet the basic needs of Iowans in emergency situations. Basic needs include shelter, utilities, food, and clothing, Call: Local County Community Services
  • Iowa Family Investment Program (FIP)  – Provides cash assistance to needy families as they become self-supporting so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relativesCall: 515-281-6899
  • Iowa Family Self Sufficiency Grants (FSSG)  – Provide immediate and short-term assistance to PROMISE JOBS participant familiesCall: 515-281-6899
  • Iowa Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)  – Provides cash assistance for up to eight months to Iowa needy families, including single adults, who enter the United States as refugees, Call: 515-281-6899
  • Iowa Children’s Health Insurance Program (Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa – hawk-i)  – A health insurance program that provides healthcare coverage for children and families whose income is too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford individual or work-provided healthcare, Call: 800-257-8563
  • Iowa Medicaid  – A health insurance program that provides medical and health-related services to eligible Iowa residents, Call: 800-972-2017
  • Iowa Health and Wellness Plan  – Provides comprehensive health care coverage to low-income adults age 19-64 with an income up to 133 % of the Federal Poverty Level, Call: 800-972-2017
  • Iowa Health Insurance Premium Payment Program  – Designed to help eligible Iowa residents get insurance or keep the insurance they already have by reimbursing the cost of the premiums, Call: 515-725-0725
  • Iowa Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals, Call: 800-532-1579
  • Iowa National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  – Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children, Call: 515-281-4754
  • Iowa Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps, Call: 515-281-4754
  • Iowa School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – Provides low-cost or free meals to school children, Call: 515-281-4754
  • Iowa Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months, Call515-281-4760
  • Iowa Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  – Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day careCall: 515-281-3744
  • Iowa Head Start and Early Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their familiesCall: 515-331-8000
  • Iowa Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)  – Helps households in Iowa with their home heating expensesCall: 515-281-0859
  • Iowa Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)  – Assists households reduce energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, Call: Local outreach office
  • Iowa Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)  – Designed to improve the health of Iowa seniors  by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods, Call: 800-972-2017
  • Iowa Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)  – Provides low-income seniors with vouchers that can be exchanged for fresh Iowa-grown fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs at farmers’ markets, Call: 515-725-3333
  • Iowa Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)  – Employment program for older Iowans that help them gain marketable job skills working part-time in non-profit and public organizations, Call: 800-532-3213
  • Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Program  – Helps eligible low-income Iowans lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords, Call: Local PHA
  • Iowa Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for low-income Iowans., Call: Local PHA