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Food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries in Ames IA

Bethesda Community Food Pantry
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.6256
Details: The Bethesda Community Food Pantry has humble beginnings. As we have said, it all began with a bag of groceries. Back in 1983, Pastors Les Gyllstrom and Charles Berdahl gave some food from the church kitchen to a young mother who needed it to feed her three small children. She was grateful and a need was met. To prepare for such emergencies, the pastors decided to invite Bethesda’s parishioners to bring food items for the Thanksgiving worship service. Bethesda responded, and this was the beginning of the Bethesda Community Food Pantry. Open to the Public: Monday: 9:00-11:00 a.m., Tuesday: 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:00 p.m., Wednesday: 9:00-11:00 a.m., Thursday: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Calvary United Methodist Church - Food Pantry
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.6329
Details: This mission seeks to meet the local needs of families on Tuesdays from 2:00pm-3:30pm. Food items are bagged for people who need help with food.
Food At First - Food Pantry (Ontario St)
Ames, IA 50014
515.344.4357
Details: As we glean food from sources around Ames, we end up with literally THOUSANDS of pounds of produce, dairy, baked goods, and meat each week. We use as much as we need for the meal program, but still have an ABUNDANCE that we give away to anyone who can use it to help make ends meet – we call it the “Free Market”. Distribution happens at two locations: 116 Washington Ave. (just south of Express Pawn, which faces Lincoln Way), and 3626 Ontario St. (Trinity Reformed Church). Because the food is perishable, we collect it and give it away on the same day – distributions are at 5:00 to 5:30 PM every Monday and Thursday at the Washington Ave. location, and 10:00 to 10:30 on Saturday mornings at BOTH locations. There are no requirements for recipients (such as income), and no personal information is collected when food is handed out. We are simply sharing God’s abundance with anyone who needs some help!
Food At First - Food Pantry (Washington Ave)
Ames, IA 50010
515.344.4357
Details: As we glean food from sources around Ames, we end up with literally THOUSANDS of pounds of produce, dairy, baked goods, and meat each week. We use as much as we need for the meal program, but still have an ABUNDANCE that we give away to anyone who can use it to help make ends meet – we call it the “Free Market”. Distribution happens at two locations: 116 Washington Ave. (just south of Express Pawn, which faces Lincoln Way), and 3626 Ontario St. (Trinity Reformed Church). Because the food is perishable, we collect it and give it away on the same day – distributions are at 5:00 to 5:30 PM every Monday and Thursday at the Washington Ave. location, and 10:00 to 10:30 on Saturday mornings at BOTH locations. There are no requirements for recipients (such as income), and no personal information is collected when food is handed out. We are simply sharing God’s abundance with anyone who needs some help!
Food At First - Meal Program
Ames, IA 50020
515.344.4357
Details: Everyone is invited to the meal, and everyone has their own reason for attending. The major focus is to help those who are not able to simultaneously meet their basic needs of food and shelter. All meals are served at First United Methodist Church. We’re in the Fellowship Hall – enter the Northeast door, and go down the stairs, down the hall, then to your right. The food is gleaned almost entirely from unsellable (but still very edible!) product that would otherwise be thrown away from Walmart, ISU Dining, Hy-Vee, and other wonderful companies. Organizations and congregations who prepare and serve meals are encouraged to contribute whatever they feel is appropriate, in terms of monetary donations, but there is no requirement to contribute financially in order to participate in the Food At First meals. Meals are currently served on Sunday through Friday nights (5:30 – 6:15), and Saturday midday (11:30 – 12:15), no matter what the weather!
Students Helping Our Peers (The SHOP)
Ames, IA 50011
Details: We are The SHOP, a student-run, on-campus food pantry at Iowa State University. We were created in January 2011 when a group of students in the Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) transfer learning community were approached by ISU Dining about the possibility of opening a campus food pantry. After talking with other university food pantries, searching for a location, and receiving approval from Government of the Student Body (GSB), The SHOP was created. These generous students wanted to give back to the ISU campus and help other students in need of food assistance. Our organization is made possible by donations from individuals, campus organizations, local churches, and more. With their help, we are able to provide a wide variety of free, non-perishable food and personal care items for all ISU students. Additionally, our wonderful student volunteers and staff make it possible to keep the food pantry open during the week. Because of their outstanding volunteer efforts, we were awarded the Story County Youth Volunteer Award in 2011. Our mission is to increase food security on campus and offer non-perishable food and other personal hygiene items to all ISU students and faculty/staff in need. We currently serve 30-40 students each month. We understand that students value their privacy and rest assured, we operate in an anonymous fashion. You can stop by, show us your student ID card (we simply want to know that you are an ISU student), and grab the items that you need. We don’t ask questions or judge in any way. If you happen to have a question or need help, don’t hesitate to ask one of our volunteers. They will gladly assist you! Just remember, students like YOU make our experience enjoyable and our ultimate hope is that we can reach out and help you in any way possible.