FThe 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.
February 2019 Pantry Report:
While serving 211 families providing food for 418 people in February, shelves at the pantry were well supplied with basic foods. However, growing dents on different shelves indicate that the donations from the annual postal workers in May will be well received.
The annual February offering of bean soup kits assembled by the Kiwanis Kids at Northview School were gladly taken when offered and enough kits were prepared to continue the offering into March. Onions, Jiffy corn muffin mixes and ham hocks were purchased to add to the kits to make a warm winter meal.
The next special offering will be for Easter in April. In the meantime, foods that are not often donated but are needed for basic giving are: chunky peanut butter, cereals, canned fruits, tuna in water, pork 'n' beans, and bathroom tissue. Coffee, teas and juices are extras that are always appreciated. Fortunately, there continues to be enough money to continue offering the perishable foods - especially the milk and eggs. Bottom line: any and all donations are offered to families in our area who need pantry assistance.
And as usual, any donated canned food items, cleaning supplies, or personal care items are always appreciated.
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.