Inter-Faith Ministries began over 40 years ago when a group of people from different denominations and congregations got together to serve the needy out of two small houses on 15th Street in Modesto. Motivated by love and united by their faith in God, their goal was to meet the most basic human needs: feeding and clothing the poor.
Our location has changed. Those little houses are gone. The population and need have grown, but our mission, our goals, are the same.
The families we feed get bags of healthy groceries, and receive educational information and guidance in preparing wholesome meals in an atmosphere where they are valued, respected, and empowered by the choices they are given.
We give away food to needy individuals and families in our food pantry and home delivery services, and to other non-profits and churches who feed the community through our food coalition. We also give away clothing in our Clothes Closet.
We serve the equivalent of almost 2 MILLION meals a year to the neediest in our community, where over 20% of our population lives below the poverty line. This includes more than 36 THOUSAND children. Thanks to programs like Gleaning & Gathering, and Milk for Children, we are able to serve fresh produce year round, as well as milk, which is essential for growth and brain development in children.
Hunger isn’t an abstract idea here. It is a quiet and pervasive affliction that almost certainly affects someone you know. At IFM, we are dedicated to fighting it every day, in a real, tangible way. Every dollar we make from through events, fundraising, and gifts big and small will help purchase food for the hungry.
Food is health. Health is hope. Hope changes lives in more ways than we can count.
We are open Monday – Friday. Our food pantry operates from 8:30 am – 11:30am, and our clothes closet is open from 1 pm – 4:30 pm. The food pantry is also open the fourth Saturday of the month, January thru October. Clients must provide proof of residence, ID and income for most services.