Ames Food Pantries

Photo by: Lindsay MacNab
Food pantries in the Ames community are able to provide both perishable and non-perishable items to Ames residents. Similar to The SHOP, these food pantries are able to provide immediate food assistance to individuals and families who are in need.

1. Bethesda Lutheran Church
1517 Northwestern Avenue, Ames, IA 50010
(515) 232-6256

Monday: 9am-11am
Tuesday: 1pm-3pm, 6:30pm-8pm
Wednesday: 9am-11am
Thursday: 1pm-3pm

Can be visited once every two months. Photo ID required.

**In addition to non-perishables, Bethesda food pantry also provides fresh produce**


2. Cavalry United Methodist Church
1403 24th Street, Ames, IA 50010
(515) 232-6329

Tuesday: 2pm-3:30pm

Can be visited once a month.


3. First Evangelical Free Church
2008 24th Street, Ames, IA 50010

(515) 232-6329

Tuesday: 2pm-4pm
Thursday: 9am-12pm

Must live in Ames. Photo ID required. Can be visited every other month for three times in 6 months, then once every 6 months.


4. Food At First (“free market”)
116 Washington Avenue, Ames, IA 50010

(515) 344-HELP [4357]

Monday: 5pm-5:30pm
Thursday: 5pm-5:30pm

For meal times, please visit their website.

**The “free market” involves distribution of perishable goods (bakery items, produce, meat, etc.) that would otherwise be thrown away by grocery stores, ISU dining, and more)**


5. Grand Avenue Baptist Church
612 24th Street, Ames, IA 50010

(515) 232-8803

5pm-7pm every first and third Thursday of the month

Call to schedule an appointment.


6. Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance
3206 S. Duff Avenue, Ames, IA 50010

(515) 296-1449

Monday-Friday: 9am-11:45am

Photo ID required. Call for an appointment.


7. Seventh Day Adventist Church
1303 Grand Avenue, Ames, IA 50010

(515) 232-0472

Call for location and more details.


8. The Serving Center (Body of Christ Church)
114 5th Street, Ames, IA 50014
(515) 296-0356

Saturday: 9am-12pm


9. Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA)
230 S. 16th Street, Ames, IA

(515) 956-3333

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Can be visited once every two months. Photo ID required.


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