Food Pantry

** The Food Pantry remains in service during regular hours (see below) with a new COVID-19 safety process to protect our guests and our volunteers.  We are serving our guests curbside at the Faith and Life entrance (the one right outside the food pantry).  We do not allow guests inside the building, you stay in your car and line up at the curb.

The Bethesda Community Food Pantry (serving the Story County area since 1983) demonstrates Jesus’ love for others by providing supplemental food to all who ask. The Food Pantry is open to guests/families once per calendar month, with only a photo ID required to register. 

No longer open Mondays, effective August 1
Tuesday: 1-3:00 pm, and 6:30-8 pm
Wednesday: 10-11:30 am
Thursday: 1-3:00 pm

Non-perishable donations may be made anytime during church business hours.
For large donations, tours of the Food Pantry, or donation photo requests please contact the Church Office at 232-6256.

Monetary donations may be made by mailing a check to the church office with "Food Pantry" written in the memo. Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave, Ames IA 50010
After you make your secure gift, call (232-6256) or email (Click here) the church office to let them know that your gift (specify your name and amount) is for the Food Pantry.

If you are healthy and not in the groups potentially vulnerable to coronvirus, we would love to train and place you in our schedule (likely all summer and possibly into the fall). Interested volunteers may contact  Joyce O'Donnell (by clicking here).

The Bethesda Community Food Pantry is a proud partner of Food Bank of Iowa.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.”