Iowa State University partners with local food pantry

ISU donates extra prepackaged food that is days away from expiring to Food at First.

Dec. 11—The Food at First program is a local food pantry and meal program that, with the help of some local businesses and Iowa State, serves the people of Ames.

Seven days a week, Food at First provides hungry citizens of Ames with a free meal made up of food from local businesses and ISU Dining that otherwise would have been thrown away, no questions asked.

Food at First is a two-part program. First, there is a daily, communitywide meal where people can come and receive a free meal from the leftover food that is donated to Food at First from area businesses. Second, there is a free grocery market, which has distributions three times per week. Both services are open to anyone who wants to come.

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