Welcome New Volunteers

Welcome to the Food at First Family

The most important Food at First ingredient is YOU, the volunteer !

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Thank you volunteers !

The most important Food at First ingredient is YOU, the volunteer ! Food at First appreciates you and your time. Without volunteers Food at First Would not exist.


You will love your volunteer experience at Food at First.

Every volunteer needs to have their own Food at First account and be signed up. so please absolutely do not bring extra family members or friends not signed up.

Of course, Food at First number one priority is safety for both food handling and volunteer safety, lots of hand washing and food safety precautions. and a BIT Thank you for volunteering!!

Volunteers use the West door off the West parking lot at 611 Clark.

When you Arrive at Food at First for your Shift

#1 Remember your username and password (its OK, write it down, just don’t leave it laying around). #2 Timeclock in when you arrive and timeclock out when you leave. There are multiple computers available. If you don’t know how please ask another volunteer.

You and your time are very important to Food at First: Every volunteer needs to use the Timeclock for every shift. It seriously helps Food at First administrators plan and schedule 2000+ Food at First volunteers per year. So please get into the habit of entering your time first thing when you arrive. Thank you so much.

What if I Cannot Serve My Shift?

If your plans change, your car breaks down, you don’t feel well, Food at First understands, life happens and you are busy, but please remove yourself from your shift so others can volunteer.

To remove yourself from a shift. Login  FoodatFirst.com/login , click the Schedule tab, find the shift you are assigned to and click x Remove

You may remove yourself up to 24 hours prior to your shift, if less than 24 hours from your shift please please contact Patty Yoder

During your shift

Don’t be bashful. Ask other volunteers “what can I do to help”. Sometimes there is a lull, be patient, but don’t worry, it won’t last long, 99% of the time there is a something that needs to be done. Food at First is normally very humble, but what Food at First does is huge, important, and changes lives and you should be very proud of what you do and your contribution to the community. THANK YOU !

One more small favor we ask of you, please adjust your privacy settings

Other volunteers would love to see who is volunteering along side them. Take a minute to set your name to be visible. You control your privacy settings.

Here’s how:

Click FoodatFirst.com/login

Click Login then login

click MY PROFILE (top right tab), click contact information, click/check all 3 boxes under  Privacy Settings , click SAVE.

Email reminders

Directly under Privacy setting see  Subscriptions , enable email reminders of your upcoming shift. Receive 1 email reminder per week, only if you are signed up. Please enable email reminders so Food at First can remind you when you have an upcoming volunteer shift.


Food at First, West entrance, then down the stairs to the lower level of First Christian Church, corner of 6th and Clark, Ames, IA

611 Clark, West Entrance, Ames, Iowa 50010

Thank you so much !!

Your Food at First family