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Through You, All Things Are Possible

Our Food Pantry serves over 350 families each month. We strive to offer each family enough basic food for one week. Our supply depends largely upon what we have been given by our generous donors.  Since our beginning in 2005, we have never turned anyone away because of lack of food.  And for that, we are extremely grateful.

We provide a variety of nutritious  and some culturally-specific options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our pantry is equipped with refrigeration and freezer space.  This allows us to offer both fresh and frozen options, like meat, eggs, and dairy. We also make available personal hygiene, household, and baby care items.

The lists below provide an overview of year-round needs.  For more opportunities to donate, see Seasonal Drives and Food Drives.

Monetary Donations

Your monetary support today, in any amount, will be used where most needed to help individuals and families in our community receive access to nutritious food, proper clothing, basic medical services and overall support. All donations are tax-deductible.

Waukee Area Christian Services is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
Tax ID Number:  20-3107170

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WACS partners with Give Lively to safely and efficiently handle all online financial donations.
  • Make a one-time donation
  • Set up a recurring donation
  • Dedicate your donation

Join Our Community Of Monthly Donors

Regular monthly gifts make a powerful and long-lasting impact in reducing food insecurity and maintaining stable housing – key determinants of well-being and health. Your $10 monthly donation can give 3 local families fresh produce year-round.

Double Your Donation With A Company Match

Many companies encourage charitable giving among their employees, including spouses and retirees, with matching gift programs.  Click the button to the right to find your company’s matching program guidelines and forms to quickly initiate the matching donation request.

Donate Through Your Donor-Advised Fund

Giving non-cash assets can be more tax-advantageous than giving via cash or credit cards.  Click the button to the right to login to your Donor-Advised Fund or call us at 515-987-5523 to transfer non-cash assets to WACS directly.

Leave A Legacy

Planned or legacy giving is a way to leave a lasting impact for many in our community who will benefit from your generosity for years to come.  Some options include a:
  1. Planned gift in your will
  2. Beneficiary on a retirement account or life insurance
  3. Charitable gift annuity or remainder trust
Dependent on the gift and your personal situation, you may wish to involve family members and/or your financial advisor in the decision.   Call us at 515-987-5523 if you have questions.

Write a Check

Please write “donation” on the memo line and mail or deliver to:

Waukee Area Christian Services
1155 SE Boone Drive
Waukee, IA 50263

Host Your Own Fundraiser

Waukee Area Christian Services can only reach so many people on our own. But with your help, we can increase the number of our supporters infinitely.

Raise awareness and funds for WACS among your family, friends and colleagues by starting a peer-to-peer fundraiser. Just click on the “I Want To Fundraise” button to begin.

By using our website to create your landing page for donors, the funds go directly to us instantly.

You can even customize your fundraiser with images you like or use it as an opportunity to advertise your business, explain your mission and set your fundraising goal. Press the “copy link’ button or “share this page’ to post it on your social media or email.

Spread the word and you can help us reach more people than ever before! 

Food Donations

The Food Pantry serves over 350 families each month. Our goal is to provide each family with enough basic food for one week. What we give them depends largely upon what we have been given by our generous donors. Since our beginning in 2005, we have never turned anyone away due to not having enough food.

We provide a variety of nutritious and some culturally-specific options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our pantry is equipped with refrigerator and freezer space. This allows us to offer fresh and frozen options, like meat, eggs and dairy products. We also offer personal hygiene, household and baby care items.

Donation Drop-Off

Food donations can be dropped off at Waukee Area Christian Services during open hours.

  • Monday: 12:006:00PM
  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: 9:00AM–3:00PM
  • Saturday: 9:0011:00AM

Please bring it to our attention if you have included perishable items.

Satellite Drop-Off Sites

We also offer satellite locations for your convince. We pick up donations from the following locations on a weekly basis:

  • Fareway Waukee (Bin located by the exit doors)
  • Hy-Vee Waukee (Customer service)
  • Partner Churches

Most Needed Donations

  • Saltines
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Flour
  • Boxed Meals
  • Salsa

(Updated June 2024)

Making food donations is now easier than ever. Click on the Amazon Wish List button below to view our current needs. Add items of your choosing to your cart and check out. Donations are anonymous, unless you mark your order as a gift and put your name in the notes section.

Food Donation Best Practices:

Check dates on all food packaging prior to donating. Discard any items if the “use by” date has passed.

Check dented cans to ensure the seal is unbroken. If the lid pops or gives a bit when pushed, please discard. If the lid doesn’t, we’ll still accept the item.

Check food item packaging to verify they are not in soiled containers, boxes or rusted cans.

Infant Donations

One of the greatest expenses parents will encounter is providing nourishment and diapers to their children. At Waukee Area Christian services, we bridge that gap by providing our clients with items of greatest need. 

NOTE: We accept clean, open packages of unused diapers. 

Most Wanted Donations:

  • Diapers (Sizes 3-6)
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Food
  • Baby Wipes
  • Toddler Food
  • Baby Shampoo

Clothing Donations

Our vision is to empower children with clothes that promote self-esteem and remove any obstacles to learning created by lack of proper clothing. Stepping into our Clothing Closet, Clients are surrounded with clean, new and like-new clothing arranged by size and neatly displayed on racks and shelving. Clients shopping this space are delighted to find clothes they are proud to have their children wear.

Donation Drop-Off

Because of limited space at Waukee Area Christian Services, we are directing all donations to our offsite location at Burn Boot Camp in Waukee and inside the Waukee YMCA.

    YMCA Logo

    Waukee YMCA (Inside)
    210 N. Warrior Lane, Waukee, IA

    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Friday:  5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Saturday:  6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Sunday:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Burn Boot Camp Logo

    Burn Boot Camp
    650 Ashworth Drive, Waukee, IA
    (Please use the side door)

    • Monday: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

      Most Wanted Donations:

      • Boys/Mens Sport Shorts 
      • Boys/Mens Sweatpants
      • Girls Sport Shorts 
      • Girls Leggings

      Health Clinic Donations

      From time to supplies to dollars, your donations help us to provide important medical care to our community’s medically uninsured and under-insured.  High quality care is provided at no cost to our patients. Our free health clinic depends on individual donations to ensure ongoing services to people lacking access to affordable health care.

      Items we can not accept:  prescription drugs, expired over the counter medications, catheter supplies, feeding tube supplies, respiratory treatment supplies, large medical dressings.  Please call ahead (515-987-5523) if you have questions about other medical realated items including durable medical equipment. 

      Most Wanted Donations:

      • Allergy Medication
      • Over-the-Counter Medication
      • Pharmacy Gift Cards (Help cover prescription costs)

      Birthday Party Bag Donations

      When budgets are tight, funds are often not available to celebrate a child’s birthday. Birthday Party Bags bring joy and allow for a fun celebration.

      This is a perfect service project for youth groups, families and small groups.

      Things to consider when filling a Birthday Party Bag:

      • Birthday Party Bags are for kids ages 212
      • Medium size gift bags work best for assembly and ease of distribution –                         10 inches wide x 12 inches tall x 4.5 inches deep
      • Young kids love theme-oriented birthday parties (e.g., superheroes)
      • Gender-neutral, generic bags are great for the older kids.
      • Feel free to be as simple or as generous as you like.

       Please include an identification tag on each Birthday Bag you put together. Click the button below for printable tags.

      Birthday Party Bag Content Recommendations:

      • Boxed Birthday Cake Mix
      • Frosting
      • Disposable Aluminum Cake Pan
      • Cake Decorations
      • Birthday Candles
      • Cake Plates, Napkins and Silverware
      • Party Table Cloth
      • Party Hats
      • Streamers
      • Birthday Sign or Banner

      Additional Ways to Donate

      Donations of all kinds are needed to operate Waukee Area Christian Services. We’re always looking for special skills to help further our mission in the community. 

      Professional Services:

      • Vehicle cleaning and maintenance
      • General handyman services
      • Public Relations
      • IT Support for Office 365

      Other Goods and Services:

      • Ad space in promotional and marketing outlets
      • Boxes for seasonal programs
      • Event-related donations
      • Office supplies – ink, paper, etc.

      Connect with us if you’re considering donating goods, services or something that is not listed.

      MAKING A DIFFERENCE

      INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES, COMMUNITY GROUPS AND PARTNER CHURCHES DONATE OVER 69,000 POUNDS OF GOODS EACH YEAR.

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