The 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 2018 Pantry Year-End Report here.
July 2019 Pantry Report:
202 Kid's Kits were given out and greatly appreciated in July. (Side note: One dad forgot to get the kits for his children and was "sent back" to get them "before the pantry closes!".
With 278 families served, food was provided for 748 people - a little larger number since there was an extra day of service in July. Supplies for the Kid's Kits have been pretty well provided through donations, but that project will only last one week in August with school starting on the 12th.
With the end of summer coming close it is noticed that the amount of donations is tapering off as usual. It is hoped that with the starting of regular routines often associated with the school days and activities, donations from the community/congregations will again pick up.
The full list of basic food/items needed includes cereal, canned spaghetti sauce, mac 'n' cheese, fruit, mixed veggies, tuna in water, soups, peanut butter, rice, egg noodles, saltine crackers and bathroom tissue. Often requested items include dish and laundry soap, facial tissues, paper towels, coffee and tooth paste. These extras are provided when available.
A frequently asked question is "How does a person qualify for pantry service?" The easiest answer to that question is to come to the pantry (Monday or Wednesday between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon) and the check-in clerk will help with all the answers.
All church contacts, congregations, volunteers - scheduled and unscheduled - and pantry supporters are greatly appreciated.
As always, donations are appreciated: 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.
All donations of time, food, household cleaning, personal care items, brown paper sacks and money are greatly appreciated.