While the center may have opened its doors in early 1999, the roots of our organization go back more than 30 years. The Clothing Room and Food Pantry began in separate locations, organized by local churches.
Creation of the Ministry Center
Over the years, the Ministry Center has assisted thousands of Nodaway Country residents.
With your support, we will continue to provide these important ministries.
The Women’s Missionary Society of the First Baptist Church in Maryville operated a clothing distribution service that began as a single clothing rack in the church building. The ministry eventually expanded to its own separate building on Market St. to meet the growing needs of the community.
The Ministry Center
Several years later, the building was purchased by the Ministry Center through donations from local churches, local organizations and individuals. Since then, an addition was built to the back of the building to accommodate the community’s growing need for the center’s services.
Meanwhile, First United Methodist Church was operating a food pantry. Families would call the church before or on the days designated for distribution and a receive a 3 day's supply of food which would be ready for them to pick up.
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The current location of the Ministry Center, 971 S. Main St., was chosen as a suitable facility. It was owned by the Snyder family who rented the building at a low rate. Local businesses and individuals volunteered to remodel the building so it could support the services the center would provide.
History and Mission of the Ministry Center
Local religious leaders began to see that a consolidated location for both ministries might serve the residents of the county more effectively. Rev. Mark Albee of the First Baptist Church spearheaded the project by organizing a 5-member committee to investigate this possibility.
Today, we are running several programs in addition to the Food Pantry and the Clothing Room. Our Backpack Buddies and Brown Bags provide nutritious meals for children. Our Senior Boxes allow us to bring food directly to those over age 60 who are not able to pick up food at the center.
Origins of the Ministry Center
The Ministry Center's mission is to provide food and clothing to those in need in Nodaway County. Churches from throughout the county support the work through volunteer hours, food and clothing donations, monetary support and prayer. A Board of Directors governs the Ministry Center. Board members are elected by delegates from churches in the county.