A $6,000 grant awarded by the Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) to Food at First replaced the failing bunker storage freezers with new energy-efficient, upright storage freezers. The upright freezers make it more convenient to rotate stock efficiently, in addition to saving energy that saves utility funds and produces less heat in the food pantry and kitchen.
Food at First serves 27,000 meals during the year and 42,000 people utilize the food pantry each year. According to Patty Yoder, Food at First executive director, “the population we serve is varied. They include individuals and families from Ames and surrounding communities that may be homeless, disadvantaged or just needing a little extra help for a short time period in their lives.”
Laurie Henry, SCCF advisory board member, discussed the new energy-efficient, upright storage freezers purchased by Food at First with the $6,000 SCCF community grant with Sherry Gehlsen, Patty Yoder, Frances Anderson and Karen Gerber, who are volunteers and staff at Food at First.
Applications for 2018 community grants are currently being received and are due on Sept. 30. SCCF awards community grants of up to $6,000 to nonprofit organizations or governmental organizations for projects to improve local communities. More information on SCCF grants is available at www.storycountyfoundation.org.