Is Fresno Metro Ministry a church?

Metro is NOT a church.  However, our organization was formed by the First Methodist Church of Fresno when they moved “north” to Barstow Avenue to merge with Wesley Methodist in 1970. The merger committee saw the need to create a 501(c)3 to meet the needs of the residents left in the decaying Downtown. Read our History.

Today, we pride ourselves as a multicultural, multi-faith based community benefit organization that values and has made a commitment to the inclusion of people of ALL faith backgrounds in our Board and community programs and projects alike.

Does Metro have internship or volunteer opportunities?

Yes! Our three new programs: Cross-Sector Community Leadership and Innovation, Community Food Systems and Resilient Communities always have a consistent need for outreach, communication and clerical support.  However, we only take interns/volunteers that can commit to a regular schedule.

We ask that interns be able to commit at least eight (8) hours a week during the school year and 15+ hours a week over summer.  

If you feel you have unique skills and experiences that can support Metro’s work, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Include a brief description of why you would like to intern with us, how you see yourself connecting with our programs and attach a resume.

Can Metro help us build a community garden?

Metro has developed a Community Garden Tool Kit that will walk you through what you need to take into account when planning and developing your garden.  If you are interested in being a financial partner, please email Urban Food Systems Coordinator Tom Matott.

Is Metro a food distribution site?

Metro is NOT a food bank.  However, our outreach staff assist individuals and families apply for CalFresh Benefits to help supplement your food budget, if you qualify.  Call Mai (Hmong & English speakers) or Luis (Spanish & English speakers) at 559-485-1416 to make an appointment. If you are in need of sustenance TODAY, you may still call the office to ask for a food bank referral through our Making Connections Community Resource Guide.

Another way Metro engages in alleviating Food Insecurity is through our Food to Share program. We recover excess nutritious foods from food service facilities and restaurants and redirect it to local food pantries, churches and institutions.  Additionally, inedible foods are also collected and diverted to a digester to be converted into animal feed or renewable energy.  If you would like more information about Food to Share, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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