Ames Chamber of Commerce

Community & Health


Ames Public Library - Check out the many online books and audio books available that you can enjoy from home!

Boys and Girls Club of Story County - Food & activity packs will be available for club members to pick up on Tuesday, March 31, & April 7 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm at the Ames Clubhouse.

City of Ames - The City of Ames administration is working directly with City departments to develop detailed plans to ensure the continuation of essential services. Any updates or changes to City functions will be shared with the public.

United Way of Story County - Community resources like utility bill help, free educational resources, restaurants offering delivery, etc.

Grab and Go Lunches

  • Ames -
    • Kate Mitchell meals are only available until June 30th Monday-Friday 11:30am-1pm with weekend meals provided on Fridays.
    • Meeker and Sawyer Elementary Schools will continue throughout the summer with the Monday-Friday meals, along with the Friday weekend meals, 11:30am-1pm.
    • The District will be able to provide grab-and-go meals to any child 1-18 years of age. Any child regardless of where they live may access meals from these sites. The meals are possible because the Ames Community School District received approval from the Iowa Department of Education through the USDA to provide our Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals will be provided to all children without charge and provided on a first come first-serve basis. They will be distributing both breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals. Meals can be picked up Monday-Friday between 11:30-1pm, food service staff will deliver the bags to the cars to eliminate anybody in our buildings. Hot meals will be provided twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday). Since these meals will be served hot, they will not be able to provide two days’ worth of meals on those days. Instead, on Monday, they will offer Monday meals & Tuesday Breakfast. On Tuesday, we will offer current-day lunch (Hot on Tuesday and Thursday) and the following days breakfast. They will be sending reheating instructions with the meals in case they are not consumed immediately.
  • Ballard - During the month of June 2020, Ballard Community School District will be providing Free meals to all children 18 and under. Starting June 1st, Grab n’ Go Meals will be available for pick up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the parking lot or bus lane at each participating location. Monday & Wednesday meal will include 2 days of breakfast and lunch items. Friday meals will include 3 days of breakfast and lunch items. Pick-up locations include:
    • Slater Fire Department: 307 Main St, Slater | 12:15pm - 1:00pm
    • Slater Baptist Church: 601 Story St, Slater | 11:30am - 12:15pm
    • Cambridge Methodist Church: 215 Second St, Cambridge | 10:30am - 11:30pm
    • Kelley City Park, Corner of Grace St and Giddings, Kelley | 10:30am - 11:15am
    • Ballard Middle School (front driveway): 509 N. Main Ave, Huxley | 10:30am - 11:15am
    • Ballard Plaza: U.S. Highway 69, Huxley | 11:15am - 12:00pm
    • New Horizons Mobile Home Park, 511 E. First St, Huxley | 10:30am - 11:15am
  • Collins-Maxwell - No summer lunches available.
  • Colo-NESCO - No summer lunches available.
  • Gilbert - Starting June 1st from 11am-12pm meals are available in the South parking lot of the High School on Monday, Thursday. They will be provided two days’ worth of meals on each pickup day.
    • Another location for meal pic up is from 11am-11:30am at Homestead Colony Trailer Court meals will be available. This will only be provided through June 25th, they will be provided two days’ worth of meals on each pickup day.
    • Use this link to sign up for meals: Signup
  • Nevada - Nevada School District will be offering free meals to students 18 and under during the Summer through August 13th. The sign-up period each week will be 8am Friday to 12pm Saturday for the following week. Meals can then be picked up curbside at the High School Circle Drive at 11am-12:15pm on the following Monday and Thursday. Individuals picking up meals will remain in their vehicle for curbside delivery and we ask that if possible, open your truck or hatch for the staff to place meals in.
    • The Monday pickup will include breakfast for 5 days and lunch for 3 days. The Thursday pickup will include lunch for 2 days.
    • Use this link to sign up for meals: Signup
  • Roland-Story - (479) 650-0107 Brenda-Meal prep.
    • Available for pick up at the Roland-Story Middle School only:
      • Breakfast is available Monday- Friday form 8am-9am
      • Hot meals area provided Monday-Thursday form 11:30am-1pm
      • Friday’s meals are wraps; this is only provided until June 19th at the same location.




  • Iowa Department of Public Health
  • The State of Iowa has received federal funding from FEMA to offer free virtual counseling and assistance to those affected, in any way, by COVID-19. Iowa Department of Human Services has contracted with several providers throughout the state. These trained professionals are providing counseling, virtual activities, referrals and help finding resources to any Iowan seeking assistance or a listening ear. Iowans of all ages may join groups online to find support and learn creative strategies for coping with the effects of the pandemic. Additional programs will be announced in the coming weeks to help Iowans build coping skills and resilience.  Learn more here.


  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • McFarland Clinic
    • Public Resources & FAQ
    • Doctor's Notes:
      • One of the challenges we currently face as healthcare providers with employers and their workforce is the issuing of return-to-work notes during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is advising employers: “Do not require healthcare providers to issue notes for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work.” McFarland is following this guidance as outlined in the CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus COVID-19

      • McFarland Clinic is following CDC criteria for COVID-19 testing.  Testing criteria and supplies are limited. McFarland Clinic will not order tests for COVID-19 to rule out return to work for employees.  

      • The CDC does provide guidance on a non-test based strategy for employers to use in allowing employees to safely return back to work.  These include:

        • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications 
        • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
        • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • Story County Medical Center
  • Primary Health Care Ames
  • NAMI Central Iowa
    • ZOOM Support Group! Do you live with a mental health condition and would like support from others who also live with mental health conditions? NAMI Central Iowa is hosting 4 NAMI Connections Support Groups via ZOOM every week! If you would like to participate, contact for a registration form. First ZOOM Support Group is Monday at 4:30 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When should I seek medical care if I'm concerned I may have COVID-19?

If you have symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) and believe you may have been exposed, please call the McFarland COVID-19 Nurse Phone Line at 515-500-6711 or Story County Medical Center at 515-382-2111.

Can I get tested for COVID-19? What are the requirements?

There are defined testing criteria, and supplies are limited. Patients with a known exposure and who have symptoms of cough, fever, or shortness of breath will be tested.

Is it safe to come the clinic? Should I cancel my routine appointments?

Our local providers and staff follow standard infection control procedures to protect patients and staff and to control infection. Notice signs at all clinic entrances direct patients with known exposure and symptoms to call the COVID-19 Nurse Phone Line.


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