Our Haul Out Hunger crew had a busy morning in Ames donating 4,500 pounds of pork for homeless and food insecure locals in need.
After visiting with the Calgary United Methodist Church, we ventured up the road to Ames Food at First where a group of generous volunteers helped our delivery crew unload 20 cases of pork loins, a total of 240 pork loins. Serving 42,000 individuals per year, this large operation could use every single one of those pork loins in just one week!
“We could easily go through this pork in a week,” said pantry coordinator, Patty Rewerts. “We are a large scale operation with many moving pieces. The individuals we serve can come through the pantry three times a week but on top of the pantry we also serve a meal every single day.”
Food at First has been running for nearly 15 years now and relies on volunteers to serve 70-80 individuals every single day.
“Our volunteer base is amazing. To organize and run the meal service, we have 30 volunteers that come in per day and 200 cooks total that work to prepare the meals,” said Patty.
With all the services and resources Food at First provides, it’s hard to believe they aren’t funded by anyone and rely solely on community donations, speaking volumes to the generosity of the Ames community.
We’re happy to be a contribution to Ames Food at First and the wonderful volunteers who help provide so much for their community! #HaulOutHunger#BillionPlus