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Help Iowans experiencing hunger by joining Food Bank of Iowa for Smoke Out Hunger on Sunday, July 30, at Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit Food Bank of Iowa’s work to end hunger in Iowa! Guests ages 6-20 have a reduced-price ticket, and kids 5 and under get in free. Families (2 adults, 2 kids) can purchase a Family Four-Pack - a $25 savings!

This annual, family-friendly Sunday afternoon event welcomes people of all ages to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat barbecue prepared by central Iowa chefs, craft beer, desserts, games and live music. Have fun with your entire family while helping another Iowa family in need.

Smoke Out Hunger is proudly presented by Nationwide.



  • Creations with a Twist: Balloon artist Daniel Poe creates imaginative balloon sculptures that thrill people of all ages!
  • Iowa League of Heroes: take a photo with one of our special guests - the Dark Knight, Spiderman, Wanda Maximoff and The Flash!
  • Randy Burk and the Prisoners: Steeped in the rich tradition of Americana artists before him like Steve Earle, Johnny Cash and Dave Alvin, Randy Burk creates music that is at once exciting and familiar, honest and soulful, fearless and introspective.
  • Yard Game Zone with Raegan Keith, National American Miss Iowa Teen!

Purchase your tickets today -- prices go up $10 on the day of the event!

PURCHASE TICKETS Sponsor this event

Kids 5 and Under

Children ages 5 and under are free. Click here to purchase.

$35 fee

Day-of 6-20

Enjoy a reduced ticket price for individuals ages 6-20! Click here to purchase.

$60 fee

Day-of 21+

All food and beverages are included with your ticket price. Click here to purchase.

$145 fee

Day-of Family Four Pack

Four tickets total - 2 (two) adult tickets and 2 (two) youth under 20 years old. All food and beverages are included with your ticket price Youth must be under 21 years of age. ID's will be checked upon arrival to the event. Click here to purchase.


Location / Venue

Grand Champion

  • Nationwide logo

Reserve Champion

  • Doll Distributing logo
  • Local 5 logo
  • Foster Group logo

Blue Ribbon

  • ClaimDoc logo
  • Kum & Go logo
  • Sammons Financial Group logo
  • Business Record logo
  • Burnett Family Foundation logo

Red Ribbon



  • Laura & Danny Knispel

  • IMEG Consultants Corp. logo