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.


May 2017 Pantry Report:

     Having served 250 families (providing for 611 people) volunteers are well prepared to move into June when Kid's Kits will be given -- one bag for each eligible child in the family - along with the usual services provided for families in need of pantry help in our area. Donations from the postal drive were VERY generous and food items from the Memorial Day concert were greatly appreciated. Our sponsoring congregations and numerous other groups/organizations have been steady providers that will make the giving of the usual pantry service easy for the sometimes iffy summer months. Supplies for the Kid's Kits are good to start with while pudding cups seem to be the least often donated item. Bathroom tissue, canned fruit, cereal and pork 'n' beans seem to always be needed. It is always great to get monetary donations so the perishable items can be purchased. All of the various kinds of help (food, money, muscle, time, suggestions) given to help with the pantry service is greatly appreciated! 
Blessing for a good summer, San, Sharon, Anne.

     First United Methodist Church at 103 Franklin St. provides a hot meal the 4th Tuesday of each month (see dinner schedule here) to any in the community who wish to attend. Our pantry volunteers will be providing 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". 

     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"

     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.


  • 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.


October Grub Run

     We are pleased to report the results of the Grub Run thought up and organized by Shawn Benham. A check for an awesome $2,221 dollars was presented to the pantry directors! The October 22nd run was well attended and the refreshments following at First Christian were appreciated. With certifications that aid runners for other such events included, Shawn expects an even larger attendance for the next Grub Run set for October 21, 2017. Any help or participation that came from our sponsoring congregations is greatly appreciated by Shawn, his staff, and the food pantry.