GWCM History

The Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries (GWCM ) was formed in 1997 by eight local churches / faith communities. Their aim was to cooperate in local social ministries to meet identified needs in the community.      

The food pantry was begun at the Colonial Manor United Methodist Church to provide emergency food aid to families on the weekend when both governmental and other voluntary organizations are closed. A second weekday food pantry was later established in the center of Woodbury on North Broad Street at the Friends Meeting and is currently located at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.      

The food pantries are intended as emergency relief services, providing, in addition to food, guidance to clients in accessing the support of government and community assistance.      

In addition to the food pantries, the GWCM is involved in other community projects including ecumenical worship services throughout the year, Vacation Bible School, a high school peace essay scholarship, clothing closet, children's summer lunch box program and our handy helpers to assist seniors and disabled with household chores.