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No One Should Ever Go Hungry

Men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds struggle with food insecurity.

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From Empty to Full

One of 8 people and 1 in 6 children struggle with hunger in Iowa.

We help people in need get access to nutritious food and find freedom from hunger.

How We Help Cure Hunger

Food & Family Pantry and Doing the Most Good Market  |  Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 1-3 p.m.; Wednesday & Thursday, 1-3:30 p.m.
Our food & family pantry helps bridge the gap by offering nutritional staples -- including canned goods, and packaged foods  -- personal care items like diapers, toilet paper, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products and meat (which in stock) to those struggling to find the means to provide adequate food and household supplies for themselves and their families. Residents of Story County are eligible to visit the food pantry once every 30 days. 

First-time visitors to the food pantry should check in at the front desk and bring:

  • a photo ID
  • personal identification for each individual living in your home (insurance cards such as T19, Social Security cards, birth certificates or other types of ID)
  • proof of Story County residence (lease agreement, electric bill, etc., that's not addressed to a P.O. Box or a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services). 

For subsequent visits to the pantry or market, only a photo ID is required.

In our Doing the Most Good Market, we offer fresh produce, dairy, eggs and bread as well as salads and pre-made sandwiches. In order to be able to shop at the market, individuals must also have used the food pantry during the month. Clients are welcome to visit the Doing the Most Good Market once between Monday and Thursday and then again on Friday if needed.

We are proud to partner with Food Bank of Iowa, Walmart, Fareway, Kum & Go, Plant A Row, Mustard Seed Community Farm, Mary Greeley Medical Center, the United States Postal Service, United Way of Story County, the City of Ames, Story County and other individuals and clubs in our county that support our food pantry and market.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

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