The First Presbyterian Food Pantry was established in the spring of 2012. We opened our doors to our neighbors in our community in May of 2012, and served over 60 families the first month. Since then the numbers of families requesting assistance has grown substantially. We strive to meet each need with Christ-like compassion, respect, and dignity. The Food Pantry is accomplished by a group of faithful church members with the assistance of a large number of volunteers.
The Food Pantry is open on the third Thursday of every month from 3:00-5:30 p.m. The pantry shifts to a different Thursday occasionally due to holidays. Income requirements are determined by the Food Bank of Iowa. We are an equal opportunity provider, FNS Nondiscrimination Statement. The pantry requires proof of name and address.
Due to COVID-19, participants are not able to enter the church like is normally done. However, recipients still receive a generous box of food prepackaged by volunteers at the rear door of the church. Fresh and frozen foods are added to the boxes as they are taken to the back door. If Ottumwa schools close due to bad weather, the Food Pantry will also be closed.
The Food Pantry’s primary source of food is the Food Bank of Iowa. The main source of funding is generous donations by FPC’s congregational members and others in the community.
We strive to meet each need with Christ-like compassion, respect, and dignity. We feel blessed to have this opportunity to show God’s love to those around us.