Melissa Community Outreach

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While the 25 Project seeks to help children around the world, we also desire to engage and serve children in need in our local community. The Melissa Community Outreach (MCO)
has provided an opportunity for the 25 Project to come alongside their organization to
help give structure and support, as well as to expand their existing ministry to reach lower income children and families with discipleship opportunities. We hope to not only meet the communities’ physical needs through the existing food pantry ministry, but also to provide family events, educational classes, and a youth program to help the community thrive as we share the hope of the Gospel of Christ. We are excited by the ways God has already used MCO, and we are eager to see all the ways He will further use this ministry to bless the community of Melissa in the coming days.

Our History

The Melissa Community Outreach (MCO) is a local food pantry program that provides food and coats to families who have found themselves in crisis. When MCO was launched, Matthew 25:35 was the guiding verse, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Today, Dena Norton, serves as the 25 Project Director of MCO. Dena is not new to the 25 Project or ministry to at-risk families. She has excitement, experience, and a passion for reaching children for Christ. We are absolutely thrilled to have Dena on the 25 Project team.

Our Clients

MCO clients receive food and coats at no charge because of the generosity of our neighbors. Our clients live in Melissa, Anna, Blue Ridge, Van Alstyne, McKinney and other surrounding areas of North Texas. MCO is completely staffed by volunteers and committed to serving each one of our neighbors in need.

If you live in the Collin County area we hope you will join us!

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation: Monday and Thursday 5:00-6:30 p.m.

The MCO food pantry is located at 3107 McKinney Street in Melissa, adjacent to the Zadow Baseball Fields parking lot.


We want to encourage groups, clubs, families, schools, or individuals to purchase or collect:

  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • oatmeal
  • canned pasta
  • boxed cereal
  • evaporated milk
  • mac & cheese
  • dry beans
  • 1 pound packages of dry rice.

Apply Today

Join MCO as a local volunteer by applying today.  Adults and children that are 5th-12th grade must fill out the required application.

Background Release

After your application is accepted, adults and children 18 years and older are required to complete the 25 Project Background Check.

Support MCO

Make a one-time or monthly donation today.

Let us answer your questions, contact Dena Norton, Director of MCO.