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. 

2019 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.).

2019 Drop Off Locations:

Ames Chamber | Ames Ford Lincoln | ChildServe | Deery Brothers of Ames | Dentistry at Somerset | Duck Worth Wearing | First National Bank (Downtown Location Only) | Greater Iowa Credit Union | Hunziker & Associates Realtors | InStyle Salon in JCPenny | London Underground | School Mileage Clubs | South Duff Community Park | The Loft | The Mucky Duck Pub | United Way of Story County | US Bank | Vision Bank | Wilson Toyota
for exact locations see the ISU website
Community Bank | Great Western Bank | State Bank & Trust | Story County | United Methodist Church | US Bank
Story City

Participating Food Pantries:

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