Christian Food PantryThe Christian Food Pantry

     First United Methodist Church (Valpo FUMC), along with First Presbyterian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and First Christian Church, all in Valparaiso, help to run and maintain the Christian Food Pantry.

     The pantry is located in the Asbury Centre building of Valpo FUMC (corner of Franklin St. & Chicago St.), 7 Chicago St. in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Hours of Operation:     
     Mondays and Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. For more information about the pantry, you may call them at 219-465-0207.

Food Donations
     You may drop off food donations during the week and leave them in the shopping carts located inside the main entrance on Franklin Street any time the church building is open. The church is always open during office hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A list of needed items is listed below.

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. 


December 2019 Pantry Report:

     Regular serves were given to 259 families providing food for 649 people in December. Then with Christmas dinner items provided to 117 families, the pantry volunteers were busy. Monetary donations, as well as food items given, provided well for the extra holiday menu items offered. The purchased bags from Strack and VanTil offered help in both areas.

     The next project planned are bean soup kits with the kits being assembled by the Kiwanis Kids at Northview School with the beans and seasonings provided by the pantry. For the regular basic giving for the clients, extras like paper towels and Kleenex are greatly appreciated, along with bar soap, dish and laundry detergents, juices, and hot drinks. Cleaning supplies are also useful.

     Basics always needed are cereals, canned fruit, tuna in water, soups, peanut butter and bathroom tissue. With the generous help of our sponsoring churches, community groups and individuals, it is hoped that the pantry can continue in our 36th year to assist families in our neighborhood in need of pantry help.

     Thank you for caring and sharing, 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.


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.