Food At First



The plot behind the Trinity Christian Reformed Church is quickly growing with greens as the summer heats up.  The garden venture is a joint project of Trinity Church and Food at First, an Ames based organization that collects food which would otherwise be thrown away by local grocers and food services.  Food at First not only uses that food to prepare seven free meals per week for those in need, but it also coordinates a perishable food pantry for additional distribution to food insecure families in Ames area.




The vision for the Food at First garden started when Justin Struik, dedicated FAF volunteer, Director of Areopagus Ministry at ISU and a parishioner at Trinity, realized that the garden space needed new leadership.  The garden plot was previously managed by the Service Patch, a program of the Volunteer Center of Story County and United Ames.  Struik and Chris Martin, FAF Director, approached Gabrielle Roesch, Sustainable Agriculture graduate student at Iowa State University and head chef with Food at First.  They hoped the garden could extend the growing season’s bounties into more food for the meals but needed additional help to manage it. Roesch “saw it as an opportunity to produce food items that are generally scarce in the kitchen, such as fresh herbs and especially perennial fruits.  The Sustainable Agriculture Student Association has many willing volunteers and we knew we could grow its reach into a more community managed project.”



Gabrielle Roesch:, 360-631-8489

Chris Martin:, 515-290-7940

Andrea Basche:, 609-335-2885