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Live United Food Drive: April 29 - May 9, 2019

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Recent News

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Hunger is real. The statistics are scary and steady. More than one in four children in Story County continues to be eligible to receive free/reduced lunch. Once summer break starts, these children won't have access to school-provided meals. Therefore, the need for food at local food pantries is even greater during the summer months.             

You can help! United Way of Story County will hold the 11th annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive April 29-May 9 this year. All Ames First National Bank locations will serve as drop off sites for the food drive. We will have a display at each of the Ames locations for collecting the items. Cash donations are also welcome. Checks should be made directly to United Way of Story County.

Last year, Story County community members helped collect over 11,000 pounds of food and more than $7,500, which was distributed to 13 local food pantries.

Wish list: (PLEASE check expiration dates!)

Food items:

Canned fruit (especially pineapple and mandarin oranges) | Canned chicken and tuna | Cereal | Soup | Canned meals (ravioli, beef stew, etc) | Macaroni and cheese | Pasta (not whole wheat) and Sauce | Peanut butter and jelly | Boxed/Helper meals

Non-food items:

Diapers (size 4-6 & pull-ups) and wipes | Laundry detergent | Shampoo and conditioner | Toilet paper, Paper towels, and Facial tissue | Toothpaste/toothbrushes | Soap | Deodorant | Reusable Bags

Participating Ames Food Pantries:

Bethesda Community Food Pantry

Calvary United Methodist Church

Free Market | MICA Food Pantry

The Salvation Army

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