Financial Donations

Food at First’s primary need during this time is monetary donations to cover additional expenditures of serving every meal carry-out during COVID-19.

Make a one-time donation. Click the “Donate” button.*

Make this a recurring monthly contribution by clicking the “Donate” button, then click “make this a monthly donation” checkbox to have a withdrawal made from your debit/credit card, or your bank account.* Questions? contact We’d love to be part of your regular discipline of giving!

Donate to Food at First

If you’d prefer to mail a check, please make it out to Food At First and mail to:

Food At First
PO Box 87
Ames IA  50010


We can’t serve the community without our great group of volunteers! Consider volunteering at FAF.


Donation Drop Off

Sunday 3-6 pm, Monday-Friday 9 am – 6 pm, and Saturday from 8 – 10 am.

611 Clark Ave, Ames, IA 50010 at the West Entrance. Make sure they are marked “Food At First“. Doors are locked during the pandemic. Call the HELP line 515-344-HELP (4357) a volunteer will assist.

Grocery Wish List

  • Canned Chicken
  • Cream Soups, especially Cream of Mushroom Soup and other canned soups
  • Cereal
  • Fruit, canned, assorted
  • Soups, any kind
  • Black Beans, canned
  • Olive Oil
  • Vegetables, canned, assorted
  • New Grocery Bags (Called T-shirt bags)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Tea Towels
  • Ziplock sandwich and snack size bags

Food at First wish list needs change rapidly because of coronavirus. What FAF needs now more than anything are gifts of cash donations.

The following items are temporarily off the wish list, but will be needed once we resume serving inside. Napkins, Black Pepper, Mayonnaise / Miracle Whip, Juices – variety for beverage service, Dry Coffee Creamer, Salad dressing – Ranch, Trash bags – 45-gal, heavy duty, Paper Towels, Spices: Cumin, Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt, Onion Powder, Thyme Leaf (not powder)

Pass Along Party

Food at First Pass Along Party is our annual Christmas event. 20,000+ gifts have been donated to families in need during the Pass Along Party events to date. During the last few years an average of 2000 gifts have been donated annually!

Please consider collecting new or gently used items that can bless someone this Christmas! Hold onto items until the scheduled drop off times before the Pass Along Party.


Donate to the Food at First endowment listed here on the SCCF page either by credit card or if by check, print and mail this form, write Food at First endowment funt on the form and check, or contact the SCCF directly and specify Food at First endowment fund. This donation helps ensure the longevity of Food at First. The endowment fund is managed by Story County Community Foundation (SCCF).

Amazon Smile

Make a difference with every purchase! If you already shop at Amazon, get in the habit of using It is easy to set-up and FAF automatically recieves 0.5% of every purchase. Go to and choose Food at First (from Ames, Iowa).

How to Set-Up Amazon Smile

Firefox: If you use the Firefox browser click here , search for “smile” click the smile add-on and add the smile add-on to your Firefox.  From now on this add-on automatically redirects to Easy peasy, automatic.

Chrome: If you use the Chrome browser click here search for “smile” next to “smile always”  click add to Chrome.  From now on this add-on automatically redirects to

Safari: If you use Safari browser click here click KeepOnSmiling.safariextz  which will download this extension. Find the downloaded file in the download folder and double click it. Click “Trust” when asked. From now on this add-on automatically redirects to

501(c)(3) Charity

*Food at First is tax-exempt under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Food At First tax ID number is 27-0597091. It is eligible to receive contributions, deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.  For more information click here.

Thank you for helping Food at First help others!