Free Neighborhood Meal

On Friday, September 11, the Johnson County Hunger Task Force’s Healthy Foods Committee partnered with the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry to host a free neighborhood meal at S.T. Morrison Park in Coralville.

To see photos from the Free Neighborhood Meal, click here.

The event consisted of a free meal, live music, and fun activities revolving around healthy foods. The meal was prepared by a local chef and volunteers from the Coralville community and featured a variety of fresh produce, primarily sourced from local farmers and gardeners. The event was a pilot program created by the Healthy Foods Committee—the first of hopefully many neighborhood meals to come in Johnson County.  

To reduce food insecurity and promote healthy food choices in Johnson County (IA).

To empower local communities to provide free nutritious meals and healthy food education with and for individuals and families with limited resources.


  • To feed people’s’ curiosity about local fresh produce with simple & delicious recipes.
  • Nourish people with a healthy meal of primarily locally sourced ingredients.
  • To utilize a local community’s existing assets and help them to discover new ones.
  • To empower people to cook their own healthy food.
  • To dismantle fears about vegetables.
  • To spark conversations about what it means to eat locally and how to overcome barriers.
  • To promote community solidarity.