Christmas 2018


What a wonderful Christmas day at Food at First. Thank you to the  80 total volunteers: 40 on Christmas Day (Tuesday Dec 25 2018) volunteers + 40 prep-day volunteers (Sunday Dec 23, 2018) that made the Christmas Day Meal run very smoothly. One of the best days ever as FOOD AT FIRST served 375 meals from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on 12/25/2018. 220 of those were take out Christmas meals, either picked up or delivered.

Food At First annual community-wide Christmas Day meal was 11:30am – 1:30pm Tuesday Dec 25 2018. Everyone welcome!

2018 FAF Christmas Flyer
Food at First Free Community Wide Christmas meal 12/25 11:30 am – 1:30pm


The most important Food at First ingredient is YOU, the volunteer. Sign-up then volunteer for Christmas 2018 at Food at First.

31 volunteers are signed up to prepare, serve and cleanup the community-wide Christmas Meal on 12/25/2018. Food at First could use more volunteers to sign-up. If you are already signed up thank you very much and please clock in at the computer or on your mobile phone when you arrive.

Volunteer spots are still available on December 25. Thank you for signing up at and thank you Food at First community for thinking of Food at First this Christmas.

Family Volunteers

Families volunteering for Christmas, please create an account and sign-up each family member.  Its simple and fast. Thank you !

Please remember your username and password. Take 1 minute to timeclock in when you arrive & timeclock out when done with your shift. This helps Food at First a lot. Save time, connect to Food at First WiFi and use your own smartphone to timeclock.

Christmas Volunteer Information

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What a day this will be! Actually, 2 days! Food at First volunteers start preparing the big Christmas dinner 2 days before on Sunday Dec 23, 2018. Christmas is on Tuesday. Prepare the meal, serve or cleanup. Christmas signups go FAST, so sign-up now. Thank you very much to all our caring volunteers !

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Sun Dec 23 is the main food prep day. Food at First volunteers work hard, and have a great time cleaning, prepping and cooking 24 Turkeys. Volunteers wash dishes, setup the pie room, peel potatoes, slice turkeys, get supplies, clean areas, and generally have a great time . The first shift starts at 7AM and shifts run thru 4pm. Yes, you can sign up for more than one shift if you like.

Christmas Day is the big meal (12/25) shifts start early at 7AM and run thru 4 pm. The actual meal will be served from 11:30am to 1:30pm on Christmas Day and lots of cooking and more food prep will happen before 11:30am !!

Cleanup Volunteers

Cleanup volunteer shifts start at 1pm on Christmas Day Dec 25. Cleanup is the most important part of the entire day. Food at First would love for you to sign-up  for Christmas cleanup and please don’t leave your shift early.  See you there.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Did you miss signing up for Christmas?  Don’t worry, Food at First has volunteer opportunities every day of the year.  Its fun, its rewarding, you don’t need any experience, it will make you smile. Never volunteered before, its easy, click sign-up  today and volunteer at Food at First. Food at First runs low on volunteers during Holidays, and summer time.

Christmas Homemade Pie Donations

Sign up to bake and donate 1-pie, 2-pies, 3-pies, 4-pies or more.

Food at First loves Christmas homemade pumpkin or homemade fruit pies. If you can’t volunteer why not get in the Christmas spirit and please also consider donating a container or can of cool whip dessert topping too to go with the amazing pie you will bake.  As of today many slots are available to make pies.  If you have trouble figuring out our new PIE signup process please email

Homemade Pie Delivery time and location

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Drop of pies to Food at First, 611 Clark, lower level Sunday, Dec 23rd 7am – 4 pm, or Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:30pm – 6:30pm. There will be a pie cooling rack in the main dining room.

Please log in to your Food at First account –> After logging in click VOLUNTEER, you will see 2018 Christmas, under that click either Bake 1 Pie, 2 Pies, 3 Pies, or 4 pies or more then click the Sign-up button.

Thank you for signing up and baking pies for another great Food at First Christmas Day meal.

Oh, and if you have time, please also consider donating a container of dessert whip topping for the top of your amazing pie.

Everyone Welcome

Food at First Community-Wide Christmas meal, Ames, Iowa Merry Christmas !!  Food at First is continuing this great tradition of hosting the annual Community-wide Christmas Day meal, free to anyone who would like to dine from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM on December 25 in the lower level of First Christian Church, located at 611 Clark Avenue, Ames, Iowa.

The 2018 community-wide Christmas meal is for EVERYONE – Those who have a lot to be thankful for, those who are struggling, or lonely, those who have “more than enough” family …  everyone !! If you are reading this, you are invited!


Email  We hope to see you this Christmas!

Pie drop off times

Sun, Dec 23, 2018  7 am – 4 pm
Mon, Dec 24, 2018  3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Christmas Meal date and time

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Food at First, 611 Clark, Ames Iowa.


Sign-up for either Sun Dec 23 or Tue Dec 25

Food at First already knows what a wonderful 2019 is in store, so get ready to volunteer, Food at First has volunteer opportunities every day.

Thank you.

Christmas 2018 Flyer

2018 Food at First (white background) Christmas Flyer PDF  <– Click to view or download printable flyer PDF or … 2018 Food at First (green background) Christmas Flyer PDF  <– Click to view or download printable flyer PDF, then please print/display prominently on business/public bulletin board.  Thank you.