Event Targets Hunger, Homelessness in Ames

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AMES, Iowa -- As the first really cold weekend of season is on its way, the city of Ames is working to make sure no one is left out in the cold.

In conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week the city will be hosting a “Scoop a Soup” event on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The goal is to bring attention to local agencies that provide services to combat hunger and homelessness.

”We’ve done some looking into how many meals are missed in Story County and it’s about 200,000 a month. Just in Story County, that is a lot,” said Shannon Bardole, United Way of Story County. “People don’t know that. I think when people find that out it shocks them and they want to do something about that.”

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., members of the Ames City Council will be serving a free a bowl of soup to the public in the east parking across from City Hall.

Representatives of agencies who work with homeless and food-insecure populations will be available to provide information on the services they provide, sign-up volunteers, and answer questions.

”I have people that come here because they’ve heard about our services. They try to get help. I have stories where people are living in the woods with their children in tents,” said Vanessa Baker-Latimer, City of Ames. “We are really trying to reach out to try and serve them as best as we can and get the word out through agencies. Just get out in the community.”

This is the 11th year of the event.



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