Community Ministries

“Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”

Our mission: to provide healthy food including non-perishable food, frozen meat and fresh produce for anyone in need.

Our Food Pantry is one the most significant ministries in Marion as well as Smyth County. Grants and donations from the congregation and community are used to purchase food and to pay the normal operation expenses such as utilities. First Food Pantry goes a long way to help people in need and address food insecurity. 

How can you be involved? Your donation would be appreciated and is needed AND Volunteers are always needed.

Volunteers are always needed on Food Pantry day. We also need at least 6 people each month to help pack and load the boxes.

When:   Wednesday, before the Food Pantry Where: Food Pantry storage building at the end of Gill St - Marion, VA across from E&H College.


Please go to our GIVE page and choose "First Food Pantry".

FUMC Food Pantry – Monthly - every fourth Tuesday

(*except in November and December. These months are on different Tuesdays)

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm, or until the food boxes are all given away. Please come early.

2024 Food Pantry Schedule

Tuesday, January 23

Tuesday, February 27

Tuesday, March 26

Tuesday, April 23

Tuesday, May 28

Tuesday, June 25

Tuesday, July 23

Tuesday, August 27

Tuesday, September 24

Tuesday, October 22

* Tuesday, November 19

* Tuesday, December 17

Each participant is required to be signed in by our volunteers.

No documentation is required from the participants.

If you have any questions about the Food Pantry or if you are interested in volunteering please call the church office at 276.783.5194, or fill out the form below!

every Thursday at 11:30am

Our mission: to provide a free, home-cooked meal along with singing and a message sharing the love of Jesus. Every Thursday local churches, organizations and individuals provide a meal that is served to all who join us.

How can you be involved? There are several Thursdays on the schedule needing someone to bring and serve a meal. Do you belong to an organization or maybe you could ask your family, friends or co-workers to help you provide and serve the meal.


Our mission: to provide non-perishable, easy-to-eat food for those without a home or in a crisis. The filled Food For A Day bags are donated by the congregation and community. A simple 2 gallon zip-lock bag filled with non-perishable, easy to eat food can provide enough food for a couple of days.

How can you be involved? Below are 2 lists of foods. Each list will fit in a 2 gallon zip-lock bag. We have 2-gallon zip-loc bags for you to pick up on Sunday mornings or come by the office to get one.


* Please be sure all canned items have a pop top.


** Crackers in sleeves do not crush as easily as bagged crackers

Mission: First UMC, Appalachian Community Connectors, Mount Rogers Community Services and Emory & Henry College have partnered together to help address the need in the community for personal hygiene products and resources that promote the health and wellness of every single person in our community.

These items will are distributed throughout the community in repurposed newspaper boxes. There is currently a box at First UMC outside the Chapel entrance.

How can you be involved? Below you will find a list of items to be collected. Please bring them by the church office any time.


  • Tampons
  • Pads


  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Face Wash
  • Body Spray
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Cleansing Wipes


  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Socks

Our mission: to help people in need pay utility bills, rent and medical expenses. The funds collected also help to support the Food Pantry and One Day at a Time ministries.

How can you be involved? Please go to our GIVE page to give online and choose "Community Assistance Fund". Also, in each pew and around the church building you will find small, plastic, church banks with a tall steeple! Please add your coins, bills and checks to these banks.