Food Pantry

The Food Pantry at Ozark Free Will Baptist Church distributes food every third Tuesday night of the month at 6:00 pm. Please consult the church calendar for specific dates. The Food Pantry provides non-perishable food supplies (and often produce and bread) to those in need in our immediate area. With the difficult economic conditions we're currently experiencing, this ministry is called upon by individuals and families from all walks of life to provide needed food items that have become beyond many people's daily means.

You can help in one of several ways:

  • Provide Food | You may drop of non-perishable food items at the church at anytime: canned goods, sugar, flour, powdered milk, etc. Even toiletries like toothpaste, deodorant, and feminine hygiene items are always in great demand. 
  • Provide Funds | You may make a tax-deductible donation directly to the Food Pantry through the Ozark Free Will Baptist Church. Checks should be made to the Ozark Church with a note designating the funds for the Food Pantry. Or, if you prefer, you can give online. The Food Pantry relies upon donations to purchase food primarily from the River Valley Regional Food Bank
  • Volunteer | Help is always needed in picking up food, boxing food on Monday nights prior to distribution, and distributing food on Tuesday nights. Local civic groups often help, and volunteer organizations are always welcome. Please contact the church office for specific times and further information. 

The Food Pantry is a distributor of government commodities. USDA commodities are distributed to individuals and families that can demonstrate need and to those who qualify by governmental financial requirements. 

Consider taking a few extra dollars if you have them, or cleaning out a few goods from your own pantry, and helping those less fortunate this week.


"'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’"

—Matthew 25:35-45