Community Impact Goal:
Improve community health by serving 4,500 more people.
Result 1: Story County residents have access to enough food and healthy food.
Result 2: Children, youth, and adults are emotionally/behaviorally and socially well
Result 3: Story County residents are physically well
UNITED WAY'S RESPONSE:
Our work in Health
LIVE UNITED Food Drive
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.
Due to COVID-19, our annual Food Drive has gone VIRTUAL. For more information, visit the Food Drive website.
Supplemental Food Programs
Story County’s Free and Reduced Lunch rates have increased in recent history; county-wide, it translates to one in four students. What does that mean when those kids aren’t receiving food at school? To feed at-risk students over the weekend, United Way of Story County started the BackPack Program™. This program sends a backpack full of food home with a student over the weekend and extended school breaks. This program has been expanded after the benefits were reported by teachers and is now operated in three Ames elementary schools, Ballard and Nevada. More than 100 kids participate each week.
UWSC is doing even more to help meet the summer demand by coming together with other community organizations to run summer food programs through Summer Learning programs in Ames, Nevada, Ballard, and Collins-Maxwell.
FamilyWize Prescription Cards
UWSC has partnered with FamilyWize to bring a free prescription discount card to Story County. The card is really just like a reusable prescription coupon on all FDA approved medicines. Anyone can use it. You can even use it if you have health insurance, both during deductible periods and for anything your insurance doesn't cover. Simply stop by our office (315 Clark Ave. in Ames) and pick one up, or downloaded a printable card online!