The basement of the Mondamin United Methodist Church serves as the home for a food pantry in western Iowa. The United Methodist congregations in Little Sioux and Pisgah are among several partner churches involved in the ministry. Other organizations in the area help to support the food pantry, too, including FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), 4‐H, Boy Scouts, and the West Harrison Community Schools.
The Matthew’s House Food Pantry was created in response to the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25:35, “When I was hungry you gave me food.” By opening the food pantry in Mondamin, residents of Harrison and Monona Counties receive nutritional support a little closer to home. Transportation can be among the many challenges of people living in poverty.
Kathy Winn, who heads the Food Pantry Committee, was quoted in a Missouri Valley Times article, “We are so thankful for all our volunteers. It was wonderful to see our community come together” in support of this shared ministry. The regular hours of operation for the food pantry are from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Partial support for the Matthew’s House Food Pantry is made possible by a Matthew 25 grant from the Southwest District, which is funded with apportionment gifts from local churches across the state.