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.

If you already shop at Amazon, use instead.  Its the same site, except you can choose a charity to support. Good news, you can choose Food at First.  Its a one time easy setup. If you choose Food at First as the charity (only have to do this once) 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.

Hint: How to automagically go to smile using Firefox. If you use the Firefox browser click here , search for “smile” click the smile add-on and add the smile add-on to your Firefox.  From now on this add-on automatically redirects to Easy peasy, automatic.

Hint: How to automagically go to smile using Chrome. If you use the Chrome browser click here , search for “smile” next to “smile always”  click add to Chrome.  From now on this add-on automatically redirects to

Hint: How to automagically go to smile using Safari. If you use Safari browser click here click KeepOnSmiling.safariextz  which will download this extension. Find the downloaded file in the download folder and double click it. Then click Trust when it asks. From now on this add-on automatically redirects to

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


If you would like to purchase real items to donate, here are some staples Food at First always needs and is often short of – feel free to buy some, and bring to the Fellowship Hall, 611 Clark, lower level, marked for “Food At First

  • Rice
  • Black beans
  • Cereal
  • Cream Soups
  • Canned Soups
  • Dry Coffee Creamer
  • Coffee
  • Juices, variety for beverage service
  • Mayonnaise / Miracle Whip
  • Salad dressing, Ranch
  • Vegetables, canned, assorted
  • Fruit, canned, assorted
  • Trash bags, 45-gal, heavy duty
  • Paper towels
  • Bar towels, tea towels
  • Napkins
  • Black Pepper

Pass Along Party

Food at First Pass Along Party will be in December after Thanksgiving and before Christmas.  In 2017 over 2000 gifts were donated to people in need.

Please start collecting now and hold items in your home to donate to the Pass Along Party.  FAF does not have enough space to store items, so please clear a spot in your garage or basement and keep gently used or new items until December.

PAP Gift Ideas – The Food at First Pass Along Party 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.

Other PAP donation ideas – gently used or new 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, toy trucks.
Please store these items in your home until December. There will be 2 drop off times just before the Pass Along Party event.  Thank you so much !!


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

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!