Our History

There was not a needy person among them, for... they distributed to each as any had need.

Acts 4:34

Under the direction of the Madison Christian Ministerial Association, the Madison Food Center opened its doors on November 15, 2005. Combining former food pantries at Chapel United Methodist Church, Immaculate Conception Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, the new organization was formed. Our first locations were in The Lantern of Madison building; first upstairs, then in the lower level. The Center is now housed in Phoenix Professional Building on Hubbard Road in North Madison.

The idea for a centralized emergency food pantry was the idea of Madison activists Fred Close, Frank Ashton, Rev. Stephen Fisher and Tom Chmura of the Salvation Army. A start-up grant from the Cleveland Foundation furnished equipment and supplies for the Center.

The Madison Food Center is operated entirely by volunteers from area churches and the community at large. Funding comes from area churches, community residents, organizations and businesses.

Volunteer Advisory Board of Directors

Tim Behm


Jaime Lutes


Maureen O'Toole


Gwen Szabo

Vice Chairperson

Pat Cz-Stafford


Ricki Petersen


John Denison

Building and Grounds Manager

Barb Wood

Corresponding Secretary

Chris Van Dusen

Founding Member

JoAnn Eckert


Richard Kuhlman


Debby Speck


Churches Supporting the Madison Food Center

Corporate Donors and Sponsors

Many individuals, organizations and businesses provide financial support to the Madison Food Center. We thank each and every one of you for your gifts. Help us say thanks by patronizing the following businesses and organizations: