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The Pella Community Food Shelf (PCFS) was organized in 1981 at Peace Lutheran Church in order to provide groceries for two families in the congregation. A shelf (hence the name) was cleared in the kitchen for these groceries. Within a short time, the need was recognized in the broader community and the mission grew. In collaboration with other churches, PCFS was supported to enable one food distribution point for the whole community.

As the community need continued to grow, more space was needed and in August 2016 Pella Community Food Shelf relocated to The Well Resource Center.

In March 2023, The Pella Community Food Shelf purchased our own facility at 1111 West 16th Street.  This purchase will enable PCFS to continue to support the needs of our community and its members into the future.

The Pella Community Food Shelf serves Pella and surrounding communities.  As a member of the Central Iowa Food Bank Network, we can utilize the buying power to purchase groceries at a reasonable cost to supplement donations from the local community.  PCFS is graciously supported by area churches, organizations, businesses and individuals with monetary donations, groceries, and volunteers.  As a volunteer driven organization, 100% of donations are used to operate & provide services to our neighbors. 

About Us


board of directors

Pella Community Food Shelf is governed by a volunteer board. They meet monthly.

General Questions:

​Executive Director: Melissa Zula

Administrator: Lucia Leydens

Treasurer: Geri Galliart

Volunteer Coordinator: Joy Steiner

Kelly Jo Fisk

Gary Galliart

Carma Nichols

JoAnn Nokes

Lynn Van Vark

Robin Vink

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