Feeding the Need

Area food pantries need your help to keep their shelves stocked. Summer is their busiest season, but they need community support year round. In 2013, 13,450 people in Story County reported being food insecure, meaning they didn’t know where their next meal would come from.

You can go to ampleharvest.org to find a food pantry near you. Some pantries in Ames that are looking for donations include: Food at First, Plant a Row for the Hungry, The Salvation Army, Mid-Iowa Community Action and Bethesda Food Pantry.

Food pantries can buy more food than you can for the same amount of money. Consider a monetary donation over that old can of water chestnuts.

Items Food Pantries Need

Most Needed

  •          Monetary donations
  •          Toilet Paper
  •          Any type of soap: body, shampoo/conditioner, hand,   laundry, etc.
  •          Paper materials
  •          Peanut Butter
  •          Tuna
  •          Fruit: canned and fresh

Leave at Home

  •          Wheat Pasta
  •          Chicken Noodle Soup
  •          Tomato Soup
  •          Canned Sauerkraut
  •          Water Chestnuts




If you are interested in fighting hunger in Story County consider joining the Story County Hunger Collaboration organized by United Way. This team brings volunteers and food pantries together once a month to identify and combat hunger related issues in our county. For more information contact Jean Kresse at United Way 515.268.5142. 


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