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.


October 2017 Pantry Report:

    In October, the pantry was prepared and served 248 families providing food for 497 people. Hopefully, more Thanksgiving food items will come in before the serving dates. More French Fried Onions, canned sweet potatoes, canned fruit and Jiffy pie crust mixes are especially needed. Green beans and cream of mushroom soups are needed for both basic and holiday giving. Turkeys have been arranged for.

     Regular food items needed are tuna (in water), pork 'n' beans, canned pasta, mac & cheese, veggies of all kinds, bathroom tissue and cereals. Paper towels, coffee, teas and juices are especially appreciated along with any kind of extras. The rule on what can be given is: if you use it someone else would appreciate that, too. And monetary donations go for the perishable foods that cannot be easily donated.

     The help from our sponsoring congregations is great and much appreciated.

     FYI: Clients have signed up for the Thanksgiving menu items. It has been planned to provide items for 100 families. Items can be picked up at the pantry between 10:00 and 12:00 noon on November 15 or November 20th. A waiting list was provided and those clients can come at 11:30 a.m. on November 20.

     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.


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 7-6-2017