Mission of the Month

Kandiyohi County Food Shelf

Kandiyohi County Food Shelf is thankful for the continued support and partnership with First Presbyterian Church. The Kandiyohi County Food Shelf is at 624 Pacific Ave SW, Willmar, 320-235-2641 and has been helping Kandiyohi County residents since 1982. Currently, they are seeing people come from these top 3 towns; Willmar, New London and Raymond . They are serving an average of 650 households a month (2300 individuals) with a food order. Most household’s live paycheck to paycheck and just one bad event such as getting laid off, a health issue or a death in the family and they are seeking help. Some of the newer people to the food shelf are coming because of decreased work in hospitality.

Some questions you may have:
Ethnicity Served:

59%: Caucasian
31%: Hispanic
4% Somalian
3% African American
3% Other

Financial Support:
We rely solely on donations from individuals, churches, businesses, civic groups and grants to continue.

36% Individuals
22% Businesses
20% Churches
15% Grants
4% Civic Organizations
2% Trusts
1% Memorials

Hours of Operation and service during COVID-19:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8am-3:45pm, Friday 8am-2pm

They are offering curbside pickup only. When you arrive at the Food Shelf, pull up to our front door where there is a sign with a phone number on it to call. They will get your food ready inside and will put it in your vehicle. Typically takes 3-5 minutes to receive your food.

A $20 donation can help purchase almost $200 worth of food through our Food Bank, Second Harvest Heartland. It is good to give money donations locally so the funds can stay in our community. Cash is King at the Food Shelf.

An average household will take home between 80-100 pounds of food depending upon what they choose. Meat, milk, cheese, miscellaneous dairy and produce are some of the main favorites at the Food Shelf.

Thank you!
The Mission Committee

Family Promise of
Kandiyohi County

Family Promise of Kandiyohi County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which finds its origin from a national organization stemming from Summit, New Jersey. We are one of approximately 200 affiliates found in 43 states and Washington D.C. FPKC has partnered with 12 local congregations (and 13 support churches) to provide shelter, meals and hospitality to homeless families within the Willmar/Kandiyohi County area. Our goal is to do whatever we can to assist homeless families gain emergency shelter, daily meals, and partner with local agencies to equip families with the skills they need overcome homelessness. We believe that families need a “hand up,” not just a “hand out.” 

Check out more of what Family Promise is and offers at their website: 

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Blessing Box

We, at the First Presbyterian Church, have placed a Blessing Box at the front of our church at 316 Sixth Street SW in downtown Willmar and we are seeking donations from you and others to help our brothers and sisters in need. The following is a list of suggested supplies: Food items (non-perishable) -- canned goods, soup mix, cake mix, rice, cereal, noodles, peanut butter, snacks, ramen/instant meals, Hamburger Helper, mac & cheese, fruit, vegetables, bread/buns, baking items, condiments, coffee, juice boxes, seasoning items, crackers. Personal hygiene -- toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, soap, lotion, toilet paper, feminine products, tissue, Q-tips. Baby/child items -- diapers, wipes, baby food, baby cereal, pacifier, powder, lotion, bottles, powder formula. Misc. items -- pens/pencils, paper, seasonal items, gloves,books, small toys, gift items. Prohibited items -- home-baked goods, expired opened goods, alcohol, tobacco, sharp objects.

Ministry Meals 

Every Second Wednesday of the Month (during the school year) our Mission Committee donates, makes, and provides a meal during the lunch hours (11-1:30) for students at Ridgewater College in the Ministry Department of the college!! The Mission Commitee is always willing to have volunteers to help out each month if available!! If so, contact the church office for more details.

Meals on Wheels

The First Presbyterian Church of Willmar we help out with Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels has been guided by a single goal since the first known U.S. delivery by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954 – to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. What started as a compassionate idea has grown into one of the largest and most effective social movements in America, currently helping nearly 2.4 million seniors annually in virtually every community in the country. If you would like to sign up to help deliver Meals on Wheels, contact the church office.