About Iron Gate
Since Iron Gate is privately funded and non-denominational, we can operate with a friendly, flexibility that is particularly appealing to the people who eat with us. We require no ID. We give no sermons. We require no program attendance.
By walking through our gates, people tell us they are hungry and we feed all who come to us. We have a single mission--we feed people.
We do collaborate with other social service agencies (Veterans Association, Catholic Charities, Day Center, Indian Health Care, Baptist Caring Center, 2-1-1, Mental Health Association) and host representatives of those organizations to come meet our guests and advise them of services available to them. We direct our guests to those organizations for specific help and services that meet their needs.
Iron Gate's primary mission is food - a basic need. The soup kitchen provides a hot and nutritious meal every day from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and Sundays and holidays 8:30-10 a.m. The food pantry distributes grocery bags every Friday and Saturday morning.
Iron Gate also provides:
- Social service agency referrals
- Invitations to social service agency to come to Iron Gate to counsel guests
- Hygiene kits
- Special holiday meals
- Socks, hats, gloves and blankets in cold weather
- Bottled water in excessive heat
- Free community voice mail and telephone use
- Provide 500-600 meals every day of the year (240,000 plus meals a year)
- 180+ grocery bags a week
- 18,801 individuals served through grocery assistance
- 201,000 individuals served through the soup kitchen
- 612 Volunteers
- 7366 Volunteer Hours
- $153,581 equals the value of all the volunteer hours