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Food Pantries in Ames




Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA): (515) 956-3333, 230 SE 16th Street, Mon-Fri 9:00 am-3:30 pm*. Once a month. Must show current photo ID showing they live in Story County. Fresh produce and bread available daily in lobby.  Slightly different hours (see above). No choice pantry currently; pre-bagged items only. Curbside food assistance out of our Ames office, BACK DOOR ONLY (please call ahead!) DIAPERS AVAILABLE!! *If you need an appointment after 3:30 pm, you must call and schedule that.


Bethesda Lutheran Church: (515)232-6256, 1517 Northwestern Ave. Mon/Wed 9-11a, Tue/Thurs 1-3p & Tue 6:30-8p. Can be visited once a month. Photo ID required. Use West entrance.  Same hours. We are doing curbside service as of March 19 for all of our normal operating hours.  We will collect the information verbally from clients as they sit in their cars, fill their orders inside, and carry food out to them.   We are still giving them choices (reading our items off a list) as we would rather give them what they would use then just fill bags randomly.  


Calvary United Methodist Church: (515) 232-6329, 1403 24th St. Tue 2-3:30pm. Once a month. Same hours. “Car hop” outside service.


Food at First:  First Christian Church 611 Clark Ave; back door, lower level; (515) 344-HELP MEAL TIMES: Sun- Fri 5:45-6:15p, Sat 11:30-12p; Much more info available at  First of all, a big YES !! Food at First is open for business!! But with changes: FAF will continue to feed the hungry!! Especially in this uncertain time of need. FAF is needed now more than ever. Important changes will start Wednesday March 18, 2020: Starting Wed Mar 18 at 5:45 PM FAF meals will be carry-out only and can be picked up outside the main FAF entrance in the parking lot at First Christian Church, 611 Clark, Ames, IA. Volunteers will pack nice meals. Meal times will not change. for meal times

Food at First’s Free Market: First Christian Church 611 Clark Ave back door, lower level; Food distribution Mon & Thur 4:45p-5:15p and Sat 10a-10:30a; Much more info available at Starting Thur Mar 19, 2020 The Free Market will be carry-out also at the Main entrance to FAF, outside in the parking lot at 611 Clark. Volunteers will pre-bag staples and fresh produce. NOTE: The Free Market will start 45 min earlier than normal at 4pm.. to get the latest.


Primary Health Care Inc. Farm To Clinic (F2C): 3510 Lincoln Way in Ames; 515-232-0628; Open Wed: 9a-3p No updates available at present; keep posted.


The Salvation Army:  (515) 233-3567, 703 E. Lincoln Way. Food Pantry: Monday- Thursday 1-3p. Food, personal care items, diapers, wipes, meat, cheese, etc. Can visit once every 30 days with photo ID and ID for every household member or by appt. Only. Call ahead for an appointment (will be asked for name, address, number of family members, and food allergies). Items will be pre-bagged. Visitors will be helped at front door. Bring photo ID. Extended hours 1 – 3:30 pm. DIAPERS AVAILABLE!!

The Salvation Army Doing the Most Good Market: Story County residents only and can use twice per week; can pick out fresh produce, bread/bakery and other grocery items once from Mon – Thurs. 1:00-3:00pm and again on Friday from 1:00-3:00pm; Photo ID. Must use Food Pantry once/month to be eligible for DMG Market. This institution is an equal opportunity provider * Same as above.


Shared Blessings at NPC: 515-233-2540, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1416 20th St. (Across from Ames High). Provides toilet paper, diapers, wipes, & laundry detergent (while supplies last) the 1st Tues. of each month at 1:30-3p and the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30-8p. No updates available at present; keep posted.



The Shop: In three locations; ISU students only;; Perishable food items and personal hygiene items available.The 2020 executive team is still on spring break but I expect when they get back to class next week we will have a video call. I’m guessing we will do our best to keep things stocked but there are no guarantees and the location in Food Sciences Building will not be open as usual since there are no volunteers.

2616 Food Science Building: M: 10a-2p; T:  Noon- 6p; W: 11a-6p. & Th: Noon-6p.

Frederiksen Court Community Center Mail Room: M-F: 8a-6p & Sa-Su: 1p-5p

SUV Community Center: 65 Edenburn Dr. in Ames: M-F: 8a-5p & Sa-Su: 1p-5p


Ames Pet Food Bank. Is a collaboration between Bailing Out Benji and Iowa State University Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (ISU SAVMA).Provides food for your pet. Find them on Facebook! If anyone in the community finds themselves needing a hand with pet food or would like to donate, please contact our team at Iowa Home Consulting. Most convenient is always a phone call @ 515-450-2946. They act as the Ames Pet Food Bank distribution site and will be more than happy to help you out! They can manage setting up appointments at their location for pick up or even delivery to their home if that is preferable for them.





Nevada Community Cupboard: (515) 231-7175, St. Patrick’s Church, 1110 11th St. (in the garage) Sat 10-11:30a. Can visit once a month, only for Eastern Story County communities. Call for appointment if an emergency. Same hours.


Nevada Food At First: First United Methodist Church 1036 1st St; Mon & Thur 5:30-6p Open for pick-up of bagged items 


Cambridge Food Pantry: (515) 383-4392, United Methodist Church, 215 2nd St. Tue 6-7p. Can visit every 2 weeks. Must live in or near Cambridge. Enter through basement.No updates available at present; keep posted.


Colo Food Pantry: United Methodist Church, 602 4th Street in Colo. Tuesday from 5:30-6:30pm and Friday from 9:30-10:30am. To receive food, the client must be a resident of Eastern Story County and are allowed to visit once a month. Church is currently closed but food pantry services ARE being offered:.They are posting the church number on the door and the family will see the number and call. Someone will come to the car to find out their needs then fill the order and take it to their car. We will also try it Friday morning. The church number is 641-377-2534


Huxley Food Pantry: (515) 597-2831, Fjeldberg Lutheran Church, 209 N. 2nd Ave. Wed 6-7p. This food pantry can be visited once a month, and will deliver in emergency situations. Huxley and Kelley residents only. Same hours. Pre-bagged items only. We have gloved volunteers who take food off the shelves to put in our clients’ bags; New gloves after each client.


Maxwell-Collins Food Pantry: (515) 387-8505, First Presbyterian Church, 221 Main St. 3rd Tue of each month 5:30-6:30p. Maxwell and Collins only. Proof of residence required. Lesia Vaughn-coordinator. Open as scheduled.


Slater and Sheldahl Food Pantry (Bethlehem Lutheran Church): (515) 228-3933 411 3rd Ave. House to the east. Tue. 10-11a. & Wed 7-8p. This food pantry can be visited twice a month. Proof of address required; Clothing also available. Same hours.


Story City/Gilbert/Roland: Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry: 510 Pennsylvania Ave, PO Box 23, Story City. Saturday’s 10a-12p, except holidays and Scandinavian Days. Once per month, for non-perishable, and some perishable items; gift cards available for other perishable items. These are the temporary changes in procedure that we are recommending. We want to minimize the number of people in the pantry at any given time.  When a patron comes in, they will be given a number and asked to wait in their car or outside for their turn to come into the pantry. (#1 and #2 could stay in the pantry and start their paperwork and pick up their baked goods and freebies).  We are going to go back to filling out the check off sheet and having volunteers fill the orders and carry them out to the patron.  I know that is not ideal, but it will minimize contact between people.  We will have some small laminated numbers to give to patrons, and large numbers to hold up outside so folks can see when it is their turn to come in. We are going to put a sign on the door that states if someone isn't feeling well, to please send another person, if possible, to pick up their food for them.


Zearing and McCallsburg Food Bank: (641) 487-7271. Zearing City Hall, 105 W. Main St., Wed 5:15-6:45p. Can be visited every 2 wks.  Zearing and McCallsburg residents only. No changes currently.



Ames Middle School: Ames H.O.P.E. Pantry Located 3915 Mortenson Ames, IA; Students of the Ames Community school district and their families; M-F by appointment or referral Contact Candice Collins 515.520.4042 Food boxes/bags available. To request assistance, please fill out this form:       OR email:


Ballard High School Pantry: 701 Ballard Drive Huxley, IA 50124; Open to families in Ballard School District. Hours: Anytime, call for an appt.-call or text: 515-291-3543 or call High School: 515-597-2971 X:2190 or email: At this time, I am operating the school Food Pantry out of the Ballard Community Clothes pantry. I have already been taking reservations for families whenever they need it, and I meet them there. Families served one at a time. Call or text Jeriann for details.


Collins-Maxwell MS/HS School Pantry: Next open March 25 and April 9, 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Drive or walk to door #5 (kitchen door). ** Please do not get out of your car or attempt to come into the building. You may verbally let the volunteers know what you need or send them a text message. They will provide their number. Please do not bring anyone with you that is ill. Those that walk, please remain on the sidewalk.


Colo-NESCO Clothing Closet and Food Pantry: Students of the Colo-NESCO Community School District and their families. At the Colo-NESCO Jr. /Sr. High Building. Every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 and by appointment by contacting; we assist families with a variety of food options, clothing for all ages, basic health supplies, and basic school supplies.No updates available at present; keep posted.


Cubbie’s Cupboard: Students of the Nevada Community School District and their families. At Nevada Middle School. 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, 4:00-5:30pm or by appt; 1001 15th St, Nevada; 515-382-2751  Cubbie’s will be open every Wednesday from 4-5:30 pm for pick up only. They have a Facebook page that is updated. 


Norsemen Food Pantry (Roland/Story City):  (515) 388-4348, 206 South Main Street, R/S Middle School; open to any family in the district on Sunday from 4p-5p; perishable food items, frozen food, dairy products and produce, as well as a variety of paper products and cleaning supplies. Bring bags, boxes or laundry baskets to carry food in; Call if you have questions. It is also open during open hours. My plan is to keep our school food pantry open on SUNDAYS ONLY FROM 4-5 AT RSMS.  This is the same it has been.  The one change will be customers NOT coming into the building. l am in the process of creating a "menu" in English and Spanish that customers can select their food items and amounts and we will pack boxes for them and bring them to their car. Questions? Contact Brian Town:



Districts are working out plans and notifying district families as soon as they are able. 

Here’s the best information we have at this time. This is evolving and may change.


Ames Community School District:

Grab-and-Go Meals:

Starting Monday, March 23, the District will be able to provide grab-and-go meals to any child 1 - 18 years of age. Three locations have been selected that include Meeker, Mitchell, and Sawyer Elementary Schools. Other school sites across the District do not qualify under the program, but ANY child, regardless of where they live, may access meals from these sites.


Meals will be provided to all children without charge and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will be distributing both breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals and each student can receive two days of meals per pickup. Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and food service staff will deliver the bags to the cars to eliminate anybody in our buildings.


Bus Routes to Food Locations:

In an effort to assist Ames Community School District families obtain grab-and-go meals, Durham Bus Services will be providing shuttle routes starting Monday, March 23rd. We would like to reserve the buses for families who do not have access to transportation. If you have transportation available, we ask that you drive to one of these locations to receive meals.


We ask families to use great care in who is sent to pick up the grab & go meals. Parents are welcome to ride the bus with younger children and older students may ride alone. There is no student supervision provided on these buses and parents are expected to provide supervision.


The bus stops and pick up times can be found at the URL below. The shuttle will run every 30 minutes beginning with the first time listed. Riders will be dropped off at the designated school. Once you receive meals, a return shuttle will take you to your point of origin.


We will be following the State and National guidelines of social distancing and will transport no more than 10 individuals on each bus who will be seated 6 feet apart. Please be respectful of others and do not use the shuttle if you are feeling sick.


If you have any questions, Durham will have staff available to help beginning 3/23/20. They can be reached at 515-233-5424 between the hours of 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.


The bus route schedule can be accessed on our website at the URL below.


Families in Need:

We have set up a Google Form that students, families, or community members can fill out to help the Ames Community School District identify families in need. We will reach out to individuals in need and connect them with District and community resources to support them during this difficult time. 


Building principals are working with school counselors and school Student and Family Advocates to identify families who would benefit from food and supplies. We will be coordinating with community partners in this effort to serve our families.


The Google form can be accessed through the URL below:



Ballard Community School District

While school are closed, Ballard will be offering FREE meals to all children 18 and under. Starting March 23, Grab n’ Go Meals will be available for pick up between 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the parking lot or bus lane at each participating location. Monday and Wednesday meals will include 2 days of breakfast and lunch items. Friday meals will include 3 days of breakfast and lunch items. Children must be present to receive meals. 

Pick-up locations:

Slater Fire Department, 307 Main St., Slater

Slater Baptist Church, 601 Story St., Slater

Cambridge Methodist Church, 215 2nd St., Cambridge

Kelley City Park, Corner of Grace St. and Giddings, Kelley

Ballard Middle School (front driveway), 509 N. Main Ave, Huxley

Ballard Plaza, Hwy 69, Huxley

New Horizons Mobile Home Park, 511 E. 1st St, Huxley


If you are in need of delivery, please contact the Ballard District Office at 515-597-2811 or Amber Jungst at


Additional Food: Bags/boxes of groceries and Backpacks (Food Bank of Iowa) are also being distributed on an as-needed basis out of the Ballard Community Clothes Pantry. Contact Jeriann for assistance: 


Colo-NESCO Community School District

The Colo-NESCO Community School District is planning to offer meals for all our students.  These meals will be available for pick-up at the Colo MS/HS at 11:30 am; Zearing Elementary School at 11:45 am; and  McCallsburg Daycare Center at 12:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next three weeks when school is closed because of the corona virus. Parents may elect which days they wish to have these meals on the form at: The meal will consist of two breakfasts and two lunches. These meals are available for all Colo-NESCO students at no charge. Meals are also available to any child in the household under 18 as long as one child attends the Colo-NESCO School District.  Please contact the Colo MS/HS office if you have questions at 641-377-2282. Please complete the form by 3:00 pm Friday, March 20th so we can have a meal for your children by Monday, March 23rd.      

Jim Walker, Colo-NESCO Superintendent and Sheryl Gilmore, Food Service Director 


Collins-Maxwell Community School District

GRAB N’ GO MEALS will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3/23/20 thru 4/10/20. Service Locations: Collins-Maxwell Elementary (Main Entrance) & Collins-Maxwell MS/HS (Activities Entrance). Meals will be delivered to your vehicle by a member of the school staff. Meals will not be consumed on site. For questions please contact Sheila Anderson:


Meals are FREE for people who are 18 years of age or younger. Must live within the Collins-Maxwell School District to be eligible. MUST complete online form to receive meals: Have more questions? Visit our Q & A document


Gilbert Community School District

Grab-N-Go Meals:

All you need to do is grab your bag and go! Starts March 23. Details: All meals are FREE of charge for both children and adults. Peanut free. Pick up is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at Gilbert High’s south-side parking lot. Grab-N-Go Meals will be made available as follows: Monday & Tuesday meals available for pick up on Monday; Wednesday and Thursday meals available for pick up on Wednesday; Friday meals available same-day. To request meals, please use this link provided by the district or call 515-735-6120 and leave a message with dates and the number of meals needed.


Backpack Buddies: 

Gilbert Lutheran is continuing to coordinate food bags for families in need. Distribution will occur every Tuesday and Friday.


Nevada Community School District

Nevada’s food distribution will be from 11 am-1 pm on Mondays and Thursdays. The curbside pick up is outside, in Nevada High’s circle drive. When arriving at the high school, the district asks those picking up meals to remain in the vehicle for curbside delivery. For Monday’s pick-up, meals will include breakfast for five days and lunch for three days, and Thursday’s pick-up will include lunch for two days.


Prior to pick-up, families are encouraged to fill out an online forum which asks for a guardian name, the number of students who will need meals for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and also the number of students who will need meals for Thursday and Friday.


The sign-up period each week will be 8 a.m. on Friday to 12 p.m. on Saturday for the following week’s meals.


Additional food:  

Jodi Heeren will be delivering Backpack food and other food to Nevada families in need starting on March 23.


Those who have questions or need assistance are encouraged to contact Jodi Heeren ( or Elizabeth Gindt (


Roland-Story Community School District:

The Iowa Department of Education has received approval from the USDA to serve food-service meals in a non-congregate setting. Therefore, the district is planning to offer grab-and-go meals in both Story City and Roland starting on Monday, March 23rd. More information will be provided to families on this option as details are finalized.



Some of these resources are brand-new for the COVID-19 pandemic, including Boys & Girls Club Care Kits, Harvest Vineyard Care Bags, and Treats On A Leash Pet Food assistance. 

**Please check back often as new options become available.**


Boys & Girls Club of Story County: EXCLUSIVE FOR REGISTERED CLUB FAMILIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC– “Care Kits” with food and activity supplies are available weekly for pickup at the Ames club site. Email for additional information.


Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance: (515) 296-1449, 613 Clark Ave. Healthy Food Vouchers are available to purchase fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat at local grocery stores. You can receive $20 in vouchers per quarter, just by showing identification and proof of residency in Story County. Photo ID and proof of Story Co. residence. Mon. 10 am – 4 pm and Thur. 10 am – 4 pm.  Good Neighbor has made a decision to move our applications for assistance from in person to phone and email applications at this time.  We'd prefer people call or email on Mondays and Thursdays, but we will be monitoring email and taking calls any time we can. Food Vouchers are being distributed for emergency use only at this time.  Again, a phone or email application informs our decision and we have people pick up the vouchers from a medically safe and secure location.


Harvest Vineyard Church:@ 320 South 17TH Street Ames, IA 50010. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Harvest Vineyard Church is offering food bags containing dry and canned foods for families and individuals. The location will be available Mondays & Wednesdays from 12 pm -1 pm. Pick up will be drive-through style. If you would like a food bag, click on this link to fill out a request form: : Alternately, you may email OR call 515-290-6881 (leave a voicemail if needed).


Meals on Wheels: (515) 239-6730 Prepares and delivers meals to the elderly and disabled. 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Modified program, but operational.


Treats On A Leash - PET FOOD: 216 Main Street, Ames. 515-233-4592. Treats On A Leash posted the following on their Facebook site: “We have been receiving pet food requests from those whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19. We are working to make sure people can continue to feed their pets through this difficult time. Several customers have purchased gift cards and asked that we use them to help people who can't afford pet food. As members of the community, we are giving what we are able, but it truly takes a village! If you are able to purchase gift cards from us to help with this, it would be appreciated. Our goal is to make sure every need is met. Let us know if we can help you!” i.e. REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE AND DONATIONS are welcome!


Family Nutrition Program: (515)382-6551 220 H Ave Nevada. Offering one-on-one food and nutrition education for families with children. There is a focus of providing healthy meals and snacks on a low budget. Sessions can be arranged to fit client’s schedules. Contact Story County Extension for more information.The Story County Extension office is open. However, our meeting rooms are currently closed and the internal office is open to the public on a limited basis to maintain social spacing and a symptom free environment. We are continuing to ensure that resources are available to all. If they need to reach a staff member direct them to email or cell phone numbers for the quickest response.


Senior Supplemental Food Program: (515-286-3655) The Polk County Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides supplemental foods and nutrition education in order to promote good health for senio at NO COST.  Serves persons 60 years of age or older. This does not include handicapped people under 60 years of age. A person must reside within the geographical boundaries of Polk, Warren, Jasper, Dallas, Story and Boone Counties. Must meet income guidelines. Applications are taken at the location listed below, on the website: or call the office to have an application sent to you. Proof of age is required. Volunteer delivery is available for those who have no other way. 515-286-3655 or Toll Free at 1-877-288-3655. Still operational. Commodity boxes were last delivered 3/16. No news yet on April delivery. 


WIC (Women-Infants-Children) Nutrition Program:  Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.: 226 SE 16th St.

Ames, IA 50010. WIC is open and will remain open.  We are able to do all appointments by phone as physical presence has been waived for all participants.  We are still collecting proof of ID, address, and income but participants are being instructed to text it or e-mail it to a staff person.  Participants should call their local office first.  In Story County, they can call 515-232-9020.

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