Christ Cupboard Community Food Pantry

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By Lois Trinity
In 1996, former Pastor Monty Newton, the late Becky Gambs and the First Covenant Church of Red Oak prayed for an opportunity to begin a ministry of compassion.  In 1997 Christ’s Cupboard Community Food Pantry was opened at 604 4th Street in Red Oak on the Northeast corner of the square across from the US Bank.  
The pantry exists to help meet the short-term needs of hungry people in our area as an expression of love for God and people in crises.  Its’ purpose is based on the acts of kindness and compassion that Jesus expressed in Matthew 25:31-45 where He says that when you help hungry and needy people it is as if you are helping Jesus Himself.
Even though the pantry is sponsored and operated by the First Covenant Church, throughout the past fourteen years we have been able to serve because of the generosity of the larger community including churches, schools, civic organizations, businesses, government entities and individuals for which we remain grateful.
We humbly acknowledge our need for assistance and welcome all gifts of food, paper goods, detergents, personal items, money and volunteer workers.
Distribution hours for the Pantry are Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. and Thursdays, 4:30 -7 p.m.  Persons requesting assistance are asked to complete a Client information form and are given food based on the size of the family being served.  Since this Pantry handles nonperishable food items only, Clients are given food vouchers redeemable at Fareway for bread, milk and meat.  Because this Pantry is designed to meet the short-term needs of people, Clients are also provided with information regarding other assistance available in our community.  
The members and friends of the First Covenant Church extend thanks to all in our Southwest Iowa community who have helped us in this ministry of compassion. We are also grateful to the Southwest Iowa Latino Resource Center for generously giving us space in their facility to operate the Pantry.  We ask that all inquiries and communications regarding this ministry be directed through our church offices and Pastor Alan Dean at 211 E. Hammond in Red Oak or 623-2195.