Here's where to find free Thanksgiving meals in Story County and Boone County

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

For those in need, churches and other organizations across Story County and Boone County are serving free food on Thanksgiving.

Here's a roundup of where local families can enjoy free Thanksgiving meals this holiday season.

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Food at First in downtown Ames

Food at First will be serving Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 25. Carry-out meals can be picked up at First Christian Church, located at 611 Clark Ave. in Ames, across from the police station.

No dine-in meals are available. Face masks are required.

Food at First served around 650 people on Thanksgiving last year, according to executive director Patty Yoder. Volunteers are preparing 800 meals this year.

Food at First is a local non-profit that provides daily free meals and a free perishable food market. Although housed at First Christian Church, Food at First is an independent organization.

First Christian Church in Nevada

A free Thanksgiving dinner will be available at First Christian Church, located at 250 E. Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 25. Guests can dine in-person or pick up their meals curbside.

Pre-orders are requested. To order, call 515-401-7321 and leave a voicemail.

Over 200 people picked up Thanksgiving meals from First Christian Church last year, according to volunteer Barb Mittman.

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Boone First United Methodist Church

The 24th annual Boone First United Methodist Church free Thanksgiving dinner will be held Nov. 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 703 Arden St. in Boone. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the event will be drive-thru only, according to a news release.

The menu will include a combination of regular and smoked turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, homemade cranberry sauce, rolls and pie.

“We will definitely miss the fellowship but the health and safety of our families and neighbors are always a priority," Thanksgiving committee chairperson Brad Filipiak said in the release. "We look forward to the day we can have a dine in meal again.”

A record number of 771 meals were served last year, and 900 meals will be prepared this year. Serving times will run from 11 a.m. to noon and noon to 1 p.m. with 450 meals each hour, the news release said.

To volunteer to help or make reservations, call the church office at 515-432-4660. Reservations are encouraged but not required. If making reservations, please indicate choice of serving time and number of meals.

Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at irosario@gannett.com or on Twitter at @irosarioc.