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 2017 Pantry Year-End Report here.
December 2018 Pantry Report:
Since the pantry was closed two Mondays during December, client numbers are lower than usual: 184 families were served providing food for 442 people. Christmas dinner menu items including a choice of a turkey or ham were provided for 107 families. Choices of different coffees, teas and a 4# bag of sugar were extra treats.
The yearly Bean Soup Kits are planned for February and will include ham hocks, beans plus seasonings, onions and instructions. Jiffy corn muffin mixes will be available as suggestions to go along with the soup.
Donations of food and money were generous during the holiday season. The Holiday Bags from Strack's on Calumet helped greatly to fill shelves with canned foods that are included with basic giving that each family can receive at each visit. The monies keep the perishables that are difficult to donate available for clients to choose from.
Paper towels, facial tissues, bathroom tissue, cereals and rice (white, brown, instant) are items that are not donated as frequently as other supplies. Of course, the regular foods are ALWAYS needed and will be made ready to help the neighbor's in our neighborhood who need pantry assistance as they start a New Year.
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.
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