Food Pantry Ministries
First Street Methodist Mission provides food assistance for families and individuals, including groceries for those with a residence and proper documentation, and sack lunches to homeless individuals on a first come, first served basis.
Grocery Services for Families and Individuals with a Residence
Wednesdays & Thursdays | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
To receive groceries, please be sure to bring the following documentation:
Picture identification for all adults in the household
One of the following for Proof of Residency that is 30 days old or less: Rent receipt with landlord’s telephone number, electric, water, or gas bill
Grocery assistance is provided once per month for families with children or every two months for families without children.
For guests who are in a housing program in which all of their bills are paid for them please bring a letter from your case worker that includes your name, date of birth, current address, and a statement that explains that you are in a housing program. This written referral will be a guests Proof of Residency and Income.
Sack Lunches for Our Neighbors who are Homeless - Mondays | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm & Wednesdays | 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Sack lunches are served to individuals who are homeless on a first come first served basis. On Monday and Wednesday guests can come in, receive their meal, and join us for a cup of coffee or lemonade. Each person who is homeless can receive one sack lunch per service day.
Each year we gather together as a faith community to fill hundreds of Thanksgiving baskets (boxes, actually) with nutritious holiday food for those who otherwise would be hungry this Thanksgiving. This annual event is not only a time of service and gratitude as we share God’s bounty with our neighbors who are hungry; it is a morning of laughter and fun as we gather to share the joy of working together in this very special First Church tradition.
Infant Formula - Monday, Wednesdays & Thursday | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Infant Formula is provided to parents and caretakers of infants who are 12 months of age and younger two times each month. Guests are eligible to receive infant formula and other nutritional items based on the age of the child. Diapers and clothing are also available one time each month depending on availability.
The Mission distributes a basic milk based infant formula. If a child needs a specialized non-milk-based formula, then the parent or caretaker needs to provide us with documentation from the child’s doctor that states which formula the child needs and how long the child needs that formula. We ask that all Infant Formula clients apply for WIC services.
Food 4 Kids - One in four children come from families that live with food insecurity. Food 4 Kids is a ministry of First Street Methodist Mission that sends food home for the weekend for 350 elementary aged children at T.A. Sims, Van Zandt-Quinn, and Charles Nash Elementary schools during the school year to relieve fear and worry about where their next meal will come from. Groups of 10 are encouraged to come to First Street Methodist Mission for one hour between 9:00 am and noon, September through May to help pack backpacks.
Clothing Assistance and Hygiene Kits - Mondays | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm & Wednesdays | 2:30 – 4:30 pm
First Street Methodist Mission’s Clothing Bank is accessible to men and women who are homeless one time each month. Mission guests can select for themselves clothing items and other seasonal items like coats from the clothing racks.
Men and women who are homeless are also eligible to receive a hygiene kit once per month, the kit includes travel size soap, shampoo, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and razor and two bandages along with a new pair of cotton socks or underwear. Hygiene kits are available to our guests who are homeless on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Career Closet by appointment - Mondays | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm & Wednesdays | 2:30 – 4:00 pm
The Career Closet is a resource for job-training and job-placement agencies to assist men and women with specific clothing items for newly obtained employment in service industry jobs. Types of clothing and shoes available are for food service jobs, landscape and construction jobs and scrubs for medical or childcare related jobs.
Home Start-Up Kits - Case Worker Referral Only
Start-Up Kits provide a small number of household items to previously homeless men, women, and families who have moved into permanent supportive or transitional housing programs. The Start-Up Kit program is a case worker referred program. To make a referral for a kit, contact the Mission by phone, fax, or email to request the Start-Up Kit referral form.
Start-Up Kits include: bath towel, wash cloth, dinner plates, bowls, drinking glasses, coffee cups, forks, spoons, knives, paring knives, can openers, sheet sets, blankets, plunger, broom and dustpan, shower curtain/rings, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, deodorant, bar soap, Comet, dish soap, sponges, dish towel, laundry soap, pots, skillet, and toilet paper.