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Motivated by the love of Christ and seeing the value of every person, Community Outreach Ministries exists to eliminate food insecurity in Polk County by empowering our neighbors through relationships and long-term development.

What is
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 2007, BAMA formally incorporated as a formal nonprofit. In 2014, we changed our name to Community Outreach Ministries (COM) to better reflect the purpose of our organization as a community effort of all Christians, not just of pastors. Today, COM operates the food pantry for Polk County, provides case management, and seeks to empower those in poverty through life skills classes. 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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