History Of the Pantry
Eldon has had a food pantry for a number of years under the sponsorship of different city organizations. In January of 2001, the Eldon Ministerial Alliance was asked to oversee the operational concerns of the food pantry, to encourage the faith based community’s involvement. A new governing board was formed and now operates as a non-profit 501©3 corporation and is registered as a tax exempt, non-profit organization in the state of Missouri. Board members are a representation from the Eldon Churches and under the oversight of the Eldon Ministerial Alliance.
Throughout its history, the Eldon Community Food Pantry has endeavored to meet the needs of low income, unemployed, the elderly and handicapped in Eldon area. In cooperation with The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, as well as area churches and charitable organizations, the pantry has been able to reach out to a monthly average of 650 families or approximately 2,000 people. We believe that this is a significant ministry, and pray to continue helping people in need.
The food pantry receives the majority of it's food from The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The rest are donations from the community, such as the local businesses, schools, civic organizations, Churches and individuals. We also receive financial donations to purchase food as needed. Canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, rice, pasta, pork and beans, mac and cheese are a few of the most popular items people donate or we purchase.
We are very proud and appreciative of our volunteers and without their devotion and continued support, we would not be able to distribute this food ministry to the needy. Most of our volunteers are from area Churches, motivated by their love for God, and willingly give of their time and labor.