Everyone is invited to the Food at First meal, no questions asked, and everyone has their own reason for attending. The major focus is to help those who are not able to simultaneously meet their basic needs of food and shelter.

Food at First meals are served every day. FAF is located in the First Christian Church lower level, 611 Clark, Ames, Iowa 50010

Food for the Food at First meal program is gleaned almost entirely from unsalable (but still very edible!) product that would otherwise be thrown away from Walmart, ISU Dining, Hy-Vee, Aldi’s and other wonderful companies.

Organizations and congregations who prepare and serve meals are encouraged to contribute whatever they feel is appropriate, in terms of monetary donations, but there is no requirement to contribute financially in order to participate in the Food At First meals.

Meals are currently served on Sunday through Friday nights (5:45 – 6:15), and Saturday midday (11:30 – 12:15), no matter what the weather!

Two shifts of volunteer workers prepare the meals and serve / clean up after the meals. Anyone 5th Grade or older is welcome to sign up for a volunteer position, and FAF would love to have you. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have or don’t have.

Sunday thru Friday Meal volunteer shifts

3:30 – 5:30 PM – preparation
5:30 – 7:15 PM – serve / clean up

Saturday Meal volunteer shifts

9:30 – 11:30 AM – preparation
11:30 – 1:15 PM – serve / clean up

Numerous organizations & congregations provide crews for meals on a regular basis, including St. Cecilia Catholic, St. Thomas Catholic, ISU Dairy Science Club, Mary Greeley Medical Center, United Church of Christ – Congregational, St. John’s Episcopal, ISU Habitat for Humanity, several ISU classes, ISU Black Engineering Society, St. Patricks / Memorial Lutheran (Nevada), and First United Methodist Church.

Food At First is essentially the Ames Soup Kitchen – but we’re a very DIFFERENT kind of soup kitchen!  We hope that you will stop by soon, to volunteer or just enjoy a meal!


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