About Us

Bidwell Riverside Center is committed to a vision of a future where no one lives in poverty and every person has the opportunity for a positive future. Established in 1893 by a group of Methodist women dedicated to helping disadvantaged families, Bidwell has evolved into a secular organization seeking to build hope for a better future by providing support through two primary programs: Food & Clothing Pantry and Child Development Center.

The Food & Clothing Pantry provides families and individuals with food, clothing, personal care items, and household goods. The Bidwell Pantry is the largest serving food pantry in the state of Iowa and is a member of the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) food pantry network.

The Child Development Center offers an affordable all day education and child care program for children ages 2 through 5 years and provides developmentally appropriate environments for each age group as we work hard to help our children successfully grow and develop.

Mission

Bidwell Riverside envisions a future where no one lives in poverty and every person has the opportunity for a positive future.

 

Vision

Bidwell builds hope for a positive future by helping those in need.
 


Philosophy

To err on the side of compassion.

Values
Integrity
Compassion

Competency
Inclusiveness