Cash Gifts

Make a one-time donation by clicking the “Donate” button. A number of people asked if they could make a recurring monthly contribution to Food At First. Click one of the links below, and have a withdrawal made from your debit/credit card, or your bank account! If you have any questions, please contact We’d love to be part of your regular discipline of giving!!

If you’d prefer to mail a check, please make it out to Food At First and mail it to:

Food At First
PO Box 87
Ames IA  50010

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A few staples and coronavirus expenditures that Food at First needs & often is short of. Please purchase some of these items, & bring to FAF, 611 Clark, lower level, marked for “Food At First

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Food at First wish list needs are changing rapidly because of coronavirus. What FAF needs now more than anything are cash donations to purchase thousands of carry out style supplies plus other unexpected coronavirus related extra expenses !! Thank you !

Ziplock sandwich and snack size bags

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Masks homemade or store bought coronavirus masks. If you want to make masks for Food at First we would accept them. The volunteer that uses the mask will take it home and keep it for their own use.

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Black BeansCan of Black Beans

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Vegetables canned, assorted

Fruit canned, assorted

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The following items are temporarily off the wish list, but will be back once the coronavirus pandemic situation calms down: Napkins, Black Pepper, Mayonnaise / Miracle Whip, Juices – variety for beverage service, Dry Coffee Creamer, Salad dressing – Ranch, Trash bags – 45-gal, heavy duty, Paper Towels, Spices: Cumin, Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt, Onion Powder, Thyme Leaf (not powder)

Pass Along Party

Food at First Pass Along Party is in December just before Christmas. 15,000+ gifts have been donated to families in need via all the Pass Along Party events combined. The last few years averaging 2000 gifts per year donated to people in need.

Please start collecting now and hold items in your home to donate to the Pass Along Party 2019 and 2020.  FAF does not have storage space, so please clear a spot in your garage or basement and keep gently used or new items until the 2 drop off times before the Pass Along Party event.  Thank you so much !!

More info about the Pass Along Party


Food at First has an endowment fund managed by Story County Community Foundation (SCCF).  Do you think Food at First is an important and integral part of our community, would you like to help insure Food at Firsts longevity? Consider donating to the Food at First endowment by filling out this form or contacting the SCCF and specifying Food at First endowment fund.


Your time is the most precious Food at First ingredient. Volunteer at FAF

If you already shop at Amazon, use instead. The same site, except good news, choose Food at First and FAF will get 0.5% of every purchase you make automatically. One time easy setup. Search for Food at First, scroll down and you will see it. Its the one from Ames, Iowa. Every time you shop remember to start with and 0.5% of every purchase you make using Smile will go to Food at First. Thank you.

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501(c)(3) Charity

Food at First is tax-exempt under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  It is eligible to receive contributions, deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.  For more information click here.

Thank you for helping Food at First help others!