A countywide effort resulted in 8,114 pounds and $6,709 collected for local food pantries during United Way of Story County’s sixth annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive. The amount of food collected increased by more than 100 pounds over last year’s drive and the cash donations more than tripled last year’s total.
The food drive kicked off May 12 and ran for almost two weeks. More than 100 local organizations served as collection spots for donations, up from 60 last year.
Thirteen food pantries in Ames, Cambridge, Colo, Huxley, Maxwell, McCallsburg/Zearing, Nevada, Slater/Sheldahl and Story City received the donations. Donations will be used by the food pantries to help keep shelves stocked during the summer, a time when the pantries feel more pressure due to students eating at home more often, rather than at school. 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.