Christian Food PantryThe Christian Food Pantry

     First United Methodist Church, along with several other area churches, help to run and maintain the Christian Food Pantry, located at our Asbury Centre building at 7 Chicago Street (corner of Chicago and Jefferson Streets) in Valparaiso.

Hours of Operation:     
     The Christian Food Pantry is open on Mondays and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. For more information about the pantry, you may call them at 219-465-0207.

Inclement Weather
     If we are experiencing severe weather, this is the rule of thumb: If the schools are closed, the pantry is closed.

Read the 2017 Pantry Year-End Report here

May 2018 Pantry Report:

   Families served in May - 218; food provided for 448 people. Kid's Kits will be offered beginning June 6, earlier than some years. (FYI: 2015=304 given; 2016=310 given; 2017=241 given). Supplies for the kits have been generously supplied to start with, exception being juices. Sizes requested: 8 ounce.

     The large amount of food received from the postal drive has not been completely sorted. Thanks to all who contributed to this awesome project. The "admission fee" of food for the Memorial Day concert celebration at the Opera House - a big thank you to all involved in the lovely program - provided a wide variety of basic supplies and money for the pantry. Those donating seemed to know that pantry clients need and appreciate a wide variety of food items.

     As reported supplies are good to start the summer season (except for juices for the Kid's Kits) when donations often seem to taper off. Hopefully, the needs of pantry clients won't be forgotten during the fun of summer. Thank you to all our congregations for the continuing help, concerns and support for this program set up 35 years ago to help our neighbors needing pantry-type assistance. :-)

     As always any questions can be answered by one of the co-directors: Nan, Sharon or Anne.

Note: To make a monetary donation through Valpo FUMC, make checks payable to "Valpo FUMC" and write "Food Pantry" on the memo line. Checks may be deposited in the offering plates on Sunday, or may be mailed or dropped off at the church office during regular office hours.

 

The 1st Sunday of Each Month is "PANTRY DAY" at Valpo FUMC

     Valpo FUMC is always glad to receive donations every day of the year. However, we are asking our members --in addition to regular giving-- to please fill a brown paper grocery bag with non-perishable food and other household items and deposit the bags near the two shopping carts located just inside the Jefferson St. and Franklin St. doors on the FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH FOR 2017. Your help and support will be greatly appreciated.

 

Regular Donations

Donations Needed:

  • Dried Beans
  • Mixed veggies
  • Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned fruit
  • Soups
  • Pork 'n Beans
  • Canned spaghetti sauce
  • Tuna
  • Canned Pasta
  • etc.

Also:

  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Bar Soap
  • Deodorants
  • Dish Soap
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bathroom Tissue

     All donations of time, food, household cleaning, personal care items, brown paper sacks and money are greatly appreciated.

 

Community Dinners at Valpo FUMC

     Community Dinners Available at Valpo FUMC First United Methodist Church at 103 Franklin St. provides a hot Community Dinner the 4th Tuesday of each month (see dinner schedule here) to anyone wishing to attend. Our pantry volunteers provided that meal in May. St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church also provides a hot meal every Thursday for anyone in the community who would like to share a meal with "new friends".

 

This page updated 11-01-2017