Hunger is real. The statistics are scary and steady. Nearly one in four children in Story County continues to be eligible to receive free/reduced lunch. Once summer break starts, these children won't have access to school-provided meals. Therefore, the need for food at local food pantries is even greater during the summer months. 
You can help. United Way of Story County will hold the 10th annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive April 23-May 3, 2018. The area businesses listed below will serve as drop points for the non-perishable products. Thank you in advance for your contributions!
Last year, Story County community members helped collect almost 14,000 pounds of food and more than $5,200, which was distributed to 13 local food pantries. 

Wish list: (PLEASE check expiration dates!)

Food items
Canned fruit (especially pineapple and mandarin oranges) | Canned chicken and tuna | Cereal | Soup | Canned meals (ravioli, beef stew, etc) | Macaroni and cheese | Pasta (not whole wheat) and Sauce | Peanut butter and jelly | Boxed/Helper meals
Non-food items
Diapers (size 4-6 & pull-ups) and wipes | Laundry detergent | Shampoo and conditioner | Toilet paper, Paper towels, and Facial tissue | Toothpaste/toothbrushes | Soap | Deodorant | Reusable Bags
Cash donations are also welcome. Checks should be made directly to United Way of Story County and can be dropped off at any participating business or the United Way office (315 Clark Ave.).

2017 Drop off locations:

Alpha Copies | Ames Chamber | Ames Ford Lincoln | Ames Tribune | Bankers Trust | ChildServe | Deery Brothers | Dentistry at Somerset | Duck Worth Wearing/The Loft | EXIT Realty | Finesse Spa Salon | First National Bank | Fox Engineering | Friedrich Iowa Realty | Greater Iowa Credit Union | Haila Architecture | Haverkamp Properties | Hunziker & Associates, Realtors | InStyle Salon in JCPenney | London Underground | Mary Greeley Medical Center Home Health Services | Mike Louis Auto Body | Pizza Ranch | South Duff Community Park | The Mucky Duck Pub | The Octagon | Torrent Brewing Co | United Way of Story County | US Bank | Valor and Violet | VisionBank | Wild Birds Unlimited | Wilson Toyota | Windsor Pointe and Brighton Park Apartments
Administrative Services Building | Agronomy | Athletic Department | CALS-NREM | CALS-Plant Pathology | Childcare at Vet Med | Civil, Construction, & Environmental Engineering | College of Ag & Life Science | College of Business | College of Engineering Dean's Office | College of Human Sciences | Department of Kinesiology | Department of Residence | Electrical & Computer Engineering | Facilities Planning & Management | Food Services & Human Nutrition | Office of the Vice President for Research | Reiman Gardens | University Community Childcare
3C's | Fareway | Fidelity Bank | Lily Pad Learning Center | Quick's Hardware | South Story Bank & Trust | VisionBank
Carleton Medical | City of Nevada | Community Bank | Great Western Bank | Legal Aid Society of Story County | Midwest Insurance | Nevada Chamber | Nevada Family Chiropractic | Nevada Golden K Kiwanis | Nevada Vision Clinic | Remax | State Bank & Trust | Story County | Time Out Entertainment | US Bank
First American Bank
South Story Bank & Trust
Story City
Eby | GNB Bank | Reliance State Bank

Participating food pantries:

Bethesda Community Food Pantry | Calvary United Methodist Church | Free Market | MICA Food Pantry | The Salvation Army
Outside Ames
Cambridge Food Pantry | Colo Community Food Pantry | Huxley Food Pantry | Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry (Story City) | Maxwell Food Pantry | McCallsburg/Zearing Food Bank | Nevada Community Cupboard | Slater/Sheldahl Food Pantry