Christmas Day Meal 2017

Volunteer

The most important Food at First ingredient is YOU, the volunteer. Sign-up and volunteer for Christmas 2017 at Food at First

Family or Group Volunteers

Family or groups volunteering for Christmas: please sign-up each person in your family or group yourself, individually.  Its simple and fast.

Please remember everyone’s username and password. Take a minute to timeclock in when you arrive & timeclock out when done. This helps Food at First a lot. Helpful hint: connect to FAF WiFi and use your smartphone to timeclock.

Christmas Volunteer Information

What a day this will be! Actually, 2 days! FAF volunteers start preparing for the big Christmas dinner 2 days before on Saturday Dec 23, 2017 and Christmas is on a Monday IMG_20161223_102950632this year. Prepare the meal, serve or cleanup. Christmas signups go FASTER and FASTER every year so Sign-up now. Thank you very much to all our caring volunteers !

Sat Dec 23, 2017 is the main food prep day. Food at First volunteers work hard, and have a great time cleaning, prepping and cooking 24 Turkeys. Volunteers wash dishes, setup the pie room, peel potatoes, slice turkeys, get supplies, clean areas, and generally have a great time . The first shift on Sat starts at 7AM and shifts run thru 4pm. Yes, you can sign up for more than one shift if you like.Jennifer making Christmas cranberries 2016 IMG_20161223_124647529

Christmas Day is the big meal (12/25/2017) shifts start early at 6:30 AM and run thru 4:30 pm on Monday. The actual meal will be served from 11:30am to 1pm on Christmas Day and lots of cooking and more food prep will happen before 11:30am !!

Cleanup Volunteers

Cleanup volunteer shifts start at 1pm on Christmas Day Monday Dec 25, 2017. Cleanup is the most important part of the entire day. FAF would love for you to sign-up  for Christmas cleanup and please don’t leave your shift early. There is a prize if you stay till the very end.  See you there.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Did you miss signing up for Christmas?  Don’t worry, Food at First has volunteer opportunities every day of the year.  Its fun, its rewarding, you don’t need any experience, it will make you smile. Never volunteered before, its easy, click sign-up  today and volunteer at FAF.

Christmas Homemade Pie Donations

FAF loves Christmas homemade pumpkin or homemade fruit pies. If you can’t volunteer why not get in the Christmas spirit and sign up to bake and donate 1-pie,

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2-pies or more, please also consider donating a container or can of cool whip dessert topping too to go with the amazing pie you will bake.  As of today many slots are available to make pies.  If you have trouble figuring out our new PIE signup process please email patty@foodatfirst.com

Homemade Pie Delivery time and location

Drop of pies to FAF, 611 Clark, lower level Sat, Dec 23rd 7am – 3 pm, or Sun Dec 24 3:30pm – 6:30pm. A pie cooling rack will be in theHomemade pies here for Food at First IMG_20161223_102911687 main dining room 2 days before Christmas, Sat Dec 23, 2017 from 7 am – 3pm and also 1 day before Christmas, Sun Dec 24, 2017 from 3:30pm – 6:30 pm.

Thank you for signing up and baking pies for another great FAF Christmas Day meal.

Oh, and if you have time, please also consider donating a container or spray can of dessert whip topping for the top of your amazing pie.

Everyone Welcome

Food at First Community-Wide Christmas meal 2017, Ames, Iowa Merry Christmas !!  Food at First is continuing this great tradition of hosting the annual Community-wide Christmas Day meal, free to anyone who would like to dine from 11:30 AM until 1 PM on December 25, 2017 in the lower level of First Christian Church, located at 611 Clark Avenue, Ames, Iowa.

The 2017 community-wide Christmas meal is for EVERYONE – Those who have a lot to be thankful for, those who are struggling, or lonely, those who have “more than enough” family …  everyone !! If you are reading this, you are invited!

Questions

Email patty@foodatfirst.com.  We hope to see you this Christmas!

New Signup Process – Food at First has a new signup system for Thanksgiving this year. If you have trouble figuring out our new signup process please email patty@foodatfirst.com

Summary

Summary Christmas 2017 at Food at First – The FAF Christmas meal 2017 will be amazing. Here is that it will entail: 100+ Food at First volunteers will prepare enough food for 500 guests and will serve 400+ actual meals on Monday December 25, 2017 from 11:30 AM – 1PM with an estimated 150 carry out meals delivered or picked up.  Don’t worry, the extra meals will go to good use as the FAF head cooks will cheerfully heat up the left-overs on Tuesday and Thursday after Xmas. By the numbers, 300 pounds of Turkey, 100 pounds of ham, 200 pounds of sweet and regular potatoes, 75+ homemade pies, and a big thank you to the 100 volunteers over two days of preparation, serving and cleanup.

Pie drop off times

Sat, Dec 23, 2017  7 am – 3:30 pm
Sun, Dec 24, 2017  3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Christmas Meal date and time

Monday December 25, 2017 11:30 am – 1 pm

Location

Food at First, 611 Clark, Ames Iowa.

Volunteer

Sign-up for either Sat Dec 23 or Mon Dec 25

Food at First already knows what a wonderful 2018 we have in store for us, so get ready to volunteer in 2018, Food at First will have volunteer opportunities every day in 2018.

Thank you.

FAF Christmas 2017 flyer

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Pass Along Party 2017

Update

2017 Pass Along Party by the numbers:  40+ volunteers, 2000+ very nice gifts donated, 200+ patrons received gifts, 100+ cookies eaten, 1 Santa, 200+ smiles. Thank you.

Volunteer

The most important Food at First ingredient is YOU, the volunteer. Sign-up and volunteer for Pass Along Party 2017 at Food at First

Sign-up to volunteer.  Thank you to all the setup volunteers that helped setup from 1:30 – 4 PM and also to the event volunteers from 3:30 – 6 PM.

Cookies

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Food at First needs lots of homemade cookies for the Pass Along Party Sat Dec 9, 2017. Please bring to Food at First, 611 Clark, from 1:30-4pm (before the event) on Saturday December 9, 2017. THANK YOU !!

What to Donate

Gift Ideas – Please donate items for the “Pass Along Party”. We especially need children’s gifts, gently used or new toys, games, children’s books, dolls, toy trucks or other items. Please consider donating something YOU or your children love to receive for a gift? Sorry, no clothes, no furniture or other large items.

There will be a gift wrapping station, so please also donate gift bags, ribbons, tape, a few bows. FAF has plenty of wrapping paper this year so keep that till next year.
Other donation ideas: games, children’s books, new coloring books, a nice boxed set of gently used crayons or a set of colored markers. new children’s sticker books. Thank you so much !!

What is a Pass Along Party

Ames, Iowa – The PASS ALONG PARTY event is Saturday December 9, 2017 4-5:30pm at Food at First, back door, lower level, 611 Clark (First Christian Church) Ames Iowa.

Food At First hosts the annual Christmas PASS ALONG PARTY gifting or re-gifting event every December just before Christmas to help some special families in our community. Children and adults are given the opportunity to Christmas shop from the donations. The best part about it, FAF gathers gently used or new items you no longer need or that your kids have out grown. It is a great way to help make the holidays extra special for many families in our community that often struggle to put food on the table, let alone gifts under the tree. It is also great life lesson for your kids as well, especially this time of year. I am confident we can all find a toy around home that our children would never even miss. We accept new or gently used items, including household items because, keep in mind, kids shop for their parents too. We will even have a gift wrap station, so gift-wrapping supplies are greatly appreciated as well. Sorry, due to space limitations, we will not be accepting clothing or furniture or large items

Two (2) donation drop off times: Fri Dec 1, 2017 5:30-6:30 PM + 2nd drop off Tue Dec 5, 2017 1-2 PM. Please donate gently used or new toys, and other items (see above for what to donate gift ideas) to Food at First, 611 Clark, corner of 6th & Clark, lower level, Ames IA.

Drop off gently used or new donations to Food at First (First Christian Church, back door, lower level), 611 Clark, the corner of Clark and 6th, Ames Iowa.

Donation drop off times

Friday, Dec 1, 2017  5:30-6:30pm
Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017  1-2pm

PASS ALONG PARTY Event date and time

Saturday December 9, 2017 4-5:30pm

Location

Food at First, 611 Clark, Ames Iowa.

Volunteer

Sign-up to volunteer at the Pass Along Party. Two volunteer shifts available: setup shift & event shift.

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30th Annual Food at First Thanksgiving Meal was Thur Nov 23, 2017

Summary

Thanksgiving 2017 at Food at First – FAF Thanksgiving meal 2017 was amazing, 100+ Food at First volunteers prepared enough food for 700+ patrons and served 581 actual meals on Thursday November 23, 2017, with over 200+ carry out meals delivered or picked up.  Don’t worry, the extra 120 meals will go to good use as the head cooks will cheerfully heat up the left-overs on Friday and Saturday at FAF. By the numbers, 474 pounds of Turkey, 130 pounds of ham, 250 pounds of sweet and regular potatoes, 100+ homemade pies, and a big thank you to the 100 volunteers over two days of preparation, serving and cleanup. Did we mention the weather that day was perfect, almost a sunny summer day at over 60˚. FAF is starting to think about Christmas Meal, so check back soon.

30th Annual Community-Wide Thanksgiving meal 2017 – Food at First is continuing this tradition of hosting the annual Community-wide Free Thanksgiving Day meal. 2017 marks the 30th year for the feast in Ames, which is free to anyone who would like to dine from 11 AM until 1 PM in the lower level of the church, located at 611 Clark Avenue.

VOLUNTEER

Thanksgiving 2017 at Food at First – Sign up to volunteer at the 2017 Thanksgiving meal, prepare the meal, serve or cleanup. As of today, most shifts are full except there are still a couple cleanup shift openings from 1pm to 3:30pm, Thanksgiving signups go FASTer every year. Thank you very much to all our volunteers !!

PIE Donations

Thanksgiving 2017 – Sign up to make & donate a pie (or two or three) if you can’t volunteer, but would still like to help, then sign up to make and donate a pumpkin or fruit PIE ! As of today FAF has many slots available to make pies.  If you have trouble figuring out our new PIE sign up process please email patty@foodatfirst.com

Donate Pies Thanksgiving 2017. Thank you for all the great homemade pies !!

Pies for the Thanksgiving meal can be dropped off at Food at First on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 by 4 pm. Place your pie in the pie rack in the main dining hall near the kitchen.

Click sign up to get to your FAF account then click  “Log in to your account” it will be on the right side of the page or below. After logging in click OPPORTUNITIES  find the “2017 Thanksgiving” area, under that click “Pie donation” then click “Sign-up button.  Bring in 1, 2, 3 pies per signup. Thank you!

Everyone Welcome

Ames, Iowa It’s that time of year again!  The 2017 community-wide Thanksgiving meal is for EVERYONE – those who are struggling, those who have a lot to be thankful for, those who are lonely, those who have “more than enough” family …  everyone !! This Thanksgiving is the 30th year for this community feast, started originally in 1987 by First Christian Church and since 2012 the tradition has been carried on by Food at First which is now also located at First Christian Church, 6th & Clark, Ames Iowa. So a big thank you to FCC for initiating this very cool tradition.

Questions

Email patty@foodatfirst.com.  We hope to see you this Thanksgiving!

Sign Up

New Signup Process – Food at First has a new signup system for Thanksgiving in 2017. If you have trouble figuring out our new sign up process please email patty@foodatfirst.com

Thanksgiving sign-up 2017. Thank you Thanksgiving volunteers. FAF couldn’t be FAF without you!

Click sign up to go to your FAF account then click “Log in to your account” it will be to the right or below. After logging in click OPPORTUNITIES and you will see the 2017 Thanksgiving sign-up area. Select any shift you want to volunteer click that shift and then click the sign-up button. Thank you.

Not registered with the new FAF volunteer system (implemented July 1 2017)? Click sign up  then click “Fill in an application”

FAF Thanksgiving 2017 flyer

FAF Thanksgiving 2017 flyer

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Corn Day August 13, 2017!

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SWEET CORN DAY !!! Sunday August 13, 2017. Please share this post and tell your friends.

Food at First needs a LOT OF VOLUNTEERS to pull this off every year, so please mark your calendar for this Sun Aug 13.

Sign up, CLICK –> http://bttr.im/i46cz Register, Login, Add your name to Sweet Corn Day schedule (You don’t have to sign up to join in the fun but it would be nice). See you at 706 Clark (Chris’s house) Corn picking shift meets at 8AM sharp, Sun AM at 706 Clark to carpool and pick corn from the field (bring gloves, long sleeves, long pants, eye protections if u have them), or 12:30pm for the 1st corn processing shift, or 4pm for the 2nd processing shift. Yep, it will last all day so anytime you can spare will be appreciated.

FAF has an awesome tradition of picking and processing the worlds best sweet corn every summer. Pick, process and freeze a TON of corn so FAF has fresh Iowa sweet corn for Food at First meals all winter and spring.

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Christmas Meal Dec 25, 2016 !

It’s that time of year again!  The community-wide Christmas Day meal is for EVERYONE – those who are struggling, those who have a lot to be thankful for, those who are lonely, those who have “more than enough” family…  everyone!!  If you’d like to volunteer to help prepare the meal, please check our sign-up page – as of now, we still have openings, but they’ll be gone FAST.

If you can’t make it to volunteer, but would still like to help, sign up to make a pumpkin or fruit pie! Click here for signup.

Questions?  Email patty@foodatfirst.com.  We hope we saw you at FAF Christmas 2016!

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Thanksgiving Meal Nov 24, 2016

It’s that time of year again!  The community-wide Thanksgiving meal is for EVERYONE – those who are struggling, those who have a lot to be thankful for, those who are lonely, those who have “more than enough” family…  everyone!!

If you’d like to volunteer to help prepare the meal, please check our sign-up page – as of now, we still have openings, but they’ll be gone FAST.

If you can’t make it to volunteer, but would still like to help, sign up to make a pumpkin or fruit PIE!  Click here for signup.

Questions?  Email patty@foodatfirst.com.  We hope we saw you at Thanksgiving 2016 !

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