"Leading people to Christ, Learning to be Disciples, Loving through Service."
Bread of Life Food Pantry opened in April 2010 as an outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church. Bread of Life quickly flourished as word spread through the community, and what began as a small ministry became a lifeline for over 400 families every month who are faced with the challenge of food insecurity. The love and dedication of the late Rev. Grace Phelps shaped the Bread of Life Food Pantry Ministry, and her influence is still remembered and honored in our mission.
There are two major distribution locations that operate in Tipton County that are staffed by over 100 volunteers every month who help with the transportation, stocking, and distribution of food to families and individuals who come seeking assistance. Food is donated my local retailers via the Feeding America grant program, and we are a partner agency of the Mid-South Food Bank who helps provide patrons with nutritional food.
Bread of Life Food Pantry is closed on 5th Saturdays!
The Mid-South Food Bank is an independent, nondenominational 501(c)(3) Tennessee corporation founded in 1981 and serves counties in west Tennessee, north Mississippi and east Arkansas. Persons who come to the Bread of Life Food Pantry for food must be Tipton County residents and provide documentation that they meet one of six criteria required by the Mid-South Food Bank.
Be current participants in the food stamps program(SNAPS)
Currently receive SSI (retirement or disability)
Be current recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families(TNAF)
Currently live in Public Housing
Be a current participant in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Have a total household income of less than 150% of the U.S. poverty income guideline based on their household size.
If they qualify to receive food, they may receive one food distribution per household every 30 days from a Mid-South Food Bank member agency.
We are always in need of individuals and groups to volunteer to work our distribution days on Saturdays in Munford and Covington. We are also in need of individuals to drive our food truck to pickup and deliver food from local retailers and/or Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis.
Bread of Life Food Pantry is funded entirely by donors from our congregation and community. We always have costs of food storage and transportation in addition to occasionally having to purchase food to supply our Food Pantry.