Reminder:

29th Street Mission is OPEN on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 am – 11:00 am; CLOSED on Wednesday & Friday.

29th Street Mission

Our Mission in Marion

Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

The 29th Street Mission distributes food, used clothing and household items. We serve a clientele that has limited means of necessary food and clothing. The mission is located in the Marion First Baptist Church at 1260 29th St in Marion, IA. We do not require a financial statement from our clients as we believe that it is between the clients and God as to the eligibility. We do request an ID on their first visit.

Hours: 8:30 – 11 am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
(closed on Wednesdays and Fridays)

History

From 2001 to 2010, people were coming to First Baptist Church asking for assistance with gas, rent, utilities and food. Three shelves in the church’s kitchen closet were designated as the food pantry. The number of families who needed assistance continued to grow so in 2010 the congregation voted to designate an entire room in the church as 29th Street Mission. It would offer food, clothing, housewares, books and toys to anyone in need. They could receive assistance once a week.

Statistics

Average number of visits monthly in each year
2010   44
2011   84
2012 218
2013 254
2014 301
2015 347
2016 409
2017 382 through October, serving an average of 895 individuals/month

Sources of Support

1- Financial Support
*Comes mainly from the congregation of First Baptist Church
*All donations are tax-deductible
*100% of financial donations goes towards the purchase of food & personal hygiene products
*All staff are volunteers

2 – Food Donations from
*Wilkins Elementary School in November for the past six years
*Marion Postal Workers’ “Stamp Out Hunger Drive” in May for the past five years
*The local community during food drives at the Marion Fareway store
*Fresh produce surplus from gardens each summer

3 – Specific Donations from
*Prairiewoods Knitters and Stitchers – knitted and crocheted hats and scarves
*Rapid Eights Square Dance Club – 200 pairs of socks in 2015; 150 pairs in 2016

4 – Families of 29th Street Mission are invited to
*Attend the church’s Trunk or Treat party in October. Pizza and treats are provided.
*Parents can register their children for the Toy Give Away held in December. Up to 100 children benefit from donations of toys, blankets, hats/scarves/mittens, books and stuffed animals.

How Can You Help?

29th Street Mission continues to seek out support from all sources as the number of clients increases every year.

*Make a financial donation
*Donate food & personal hygiene products
*Donate produce from your summer garden
*Donate clothing, housewares, linens, books, toys and stuffed animals
*Ask your employer to consider having a food, clothing or toy drive

Most Wanted Grocery Items: Canned pineapple, canned mandarin oranges, peanut butter, jelly, elbow macaroni, cream of mushroom soup and chicken noodle soup.

Financial donations can be made to 29th Street Mission and mailed to:
First Baptist Church
ATTN: 29th Street Mission
1260 29th St.
Marion, IA 52302

Contact: Barb Spencer, Coordinator
319-377-3275
firstbaptist1260@gmail.com