Community Outreach Ministries exists to eliminate poverty and hunger in Polk County by mobilizing the local community to address needs and empower individuals in fulfillment of Jesus' command to love our neighbor.

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Community Outreach Ministries?
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Our History


Our Ministries

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Our Faith


Our Partners


Our story begins in 1999, when a group of local pastors formed the Bolivar Area Ministerial Alliance (BAMA) to start a food pantry and meet needs in Polk County. In 2014, we changed our name to Community Outreach Ministries (COM) to better reflect the purpose of our organization. At this time, we also expanded our board to include community members in addition to pastors to create greater stability and capacity to expand our mission. Today, COM operates the food pantry for Polk County, provides case management, and also serves as the local Salvation Army Extension Unit. But that is just the beginning! Our ministries our multifaceted, and we would love to have you join us on our mission of service.

500 families

served per month

an average of


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