United Way of Story County kicks off food drive

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

The need continues — nearly one in four children in Story County is eligible to receive free/reduced lunch. Once summer break starts, these children won’t have access to school-provided meals. Therefore, the need for food at local food pantries is even greater during the summer months. To combat the need, United Way of Story County is holding the 10th annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive from now through May 3.

“Local pantries across the county continue to see an increase in the number of families served, especially over the summer months,” said Bryann Sullivan, UWSC Income VISTA and food drive coordinator. “The need is there, and we’re asking the community to help.”

Last year, Story County community members helped collect nearly 14,000 pounds of food and more than $5,200, which was distributed to 13 local food pantries in Ames, Cambridge, Colo, Huxley, Maxwell, McCallsburg/Zearing, Nevada, Slater/Sheldahl and Story City. Many of the pantries purchase food from the Food Bank of Iowa for as little as 14 cents per pound, which stretches the cash donations even further. The amount of food collected increased by more than 3,000 pounds over the 2016 drive.

Ninety-nine local organizations have partnered with UWSC to serve as drop points for donations. In Story City, those drop points include Central Iowa RSVP, Eby and Reliance State Bank. For a complete list of participating organizations across the county, a list of needed items in the food pantries and more information, visit www.uwstory.org/fooddrive.