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.
June 2019 Pantry Report:
The pantry was well able to serve the 223 families that provided food for 557 people and fill the 159 Kids Kits that were offered to children ages 5 to 15. With 5 Mondays and 4 Wednesdays (the pantry will be closed on July 3rd) and several volunteers on vacation, scheduling was problematic. However, many helpers stepped up to trade days or work extra days. As we have always said: "Our volunteers are our greatest asset."
Kids Kits will be given out all through July and one full week in August. Items needed most for the kits are the fruit/gelatin cups, chocolate/butterscotch/vanilla pudding cups and box/pouch drinks. Canned pasta, soups, mac 'n' cheese and snacks are good for the kits and basic giving.
Regular giving needs include cereals, tuna in water, spaghetti sauce (in cans for safe handling), bathroom tissue and rice. Extras like mustard, catsup, dish detergent, paper towels and Kleenex are always appreciated. During July a laundry detergent will be offered to each family - an "extra offer" that various monetary donations permit although money is mostly used for the perishable - greatly appreciated food items!
As always the answer to "what shall I give?" is "If you use it, another family will be glad to have it, also."
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.