Hunger is real. The statistics are scary and steady. More than 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 11th annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive April 29-May 9, 2019. 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 over 11,000 pounds of food and more than $7,500, which was distributed to 13 local food pantries. 

2018 Wish List: (PLEASE check expiration dates!)

Food items
Canned fruit (especially pineapple and mandarin oranges) | Canned chicken and tuna | Cereal and instant oatmeal | 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.).

2018 Drop Off Locations:

AmericInn Ames Chamber | Ames Ford Lincoln | Bankers Trust ChildServe | Country Inn & Suites | Deery Brothers | Dentistry At Somerset First American Bank | First National Bank | Fox Engineering | Friedrich Iowa Realty | Greater Iowa Credit Union Haverkamp Properties | InStyle Salon in JCPenney | Kinzler Construction | London Underground | Mary Greeley Medical Center Mileage Club Mary Greeley Medical Center Home Health Services | South Duff Community Park | The Mucky Duck Pub | Torrent Brewing Co United Way of Story County | US Bank | Wild Birds Unlimited | Wilson Toyota
for exact locations see the ISU website
Ames Lab | Agronomy | Business & Information Technology Services | Civil, Construction, & Environmental Engineering | College of Ag & Life Science | College of Business | 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 | Parks Library | Office of the Sr Vice President for Finance & Office of the Sr Vice President for University Services | Reiman Gardens | The Shop University Community Childcare 
Fidelity | South Story Bank Vision Bank
City of Nevada | Community Bank | George's Bar/Pizza Great Western Bank | Nevada Chamber | Nevada Vision Clinic | ReMax | Rolling Green Village | State Bank & Trust | Story County | United Methodist Church | US Bank
Story City
Central Iowa RSVP Eby | Reliance State Bank 

Participating Food Pantries:

Bethesda Community Food Pantry | Calvary United Methodist Church | 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