COVID-19 Updates and Resources

COVID-19 Information


Assistance and Community Resources


Government Assistance


Community Resources

  • Call 2-1-1 to speak with someone who can help you find food, bill pay assistance, and other essential services.
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP):
  • United Way of Story County Resource List:
    Includes information about local clinics, child care, educational resources, financial help, food assistance, international and immigrant help, internet/phone access, job openings, mental health, shelter updates, supplies, transportation, unemployment, and more.


Food Pantries in Ames

  • Bethesda Lutheran Church Community Food Pantry is still open to guest and families once per calendar month. Photo ID required. Visit to learn more or call (515) 232-6256
  • Food at First provides free meals and Free Market perishables. For more information, visit or call 515-344-HELP (4357).
  • Grand Avenue Baptist Church is offering to run day-to-day errands for those who may find it difficult or dangerous to go out. Visit or call (515) 232-8803.
  • Heartland Senior Services will continue to provide Meals on Wheels to residents of Story County age 60 and above. Visit or call (515) 233-2906 for details.
  • MICA Food Pantry is offering curbside delivery services in Story, Hardin, and Poweshiek County. Visit or call (515) 956-3333 for details.
  • Salvation Army is partnering with local school districts to provide meals. The Salvation Army is also making food boxes for pick-up and delivery. Visit or call (515) 282-3422 for details.


Emotional & Physical Well-Being Resources