First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville is the home of the Mechanicsville Community Cupboard (MCC). The food pantry is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides confidential food assistance. Their facilities are open on the second and fourth Thursday evenings and fourth Saturday mornings of each month.
They strive to treat “all persons with dignity and respect” and to distribute “quality products and services.” MCC was created in 2009. A Matthew 25 grant from the East Central District, which is made possible with the apportionment gifts of the United Methodist churches of Iowa, has been providing support for this ministry.
The church is also the site of Eastern Iowa Sharing Closet. This district-sponsored project gathers used and donated Christian Education materials for use by area churches, including Vacation Bible School kits, Sunday School curriculum for all ages, and Bible study resources.
Their mission statement explains why these ministries are important to them: “We, the people of the First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsville, in celebration of all that God has done for us, seek to open our hearts and hands, to welcome all people, to praise God, to discover and preach God’s Love, and to share in the fellowship and service of our community.”