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.


September 2017 Pantry Report:

     August was busy, serving 266 families, which provided food for 617 people. 38 Kid's Kits were served which finished off that summer program. Money and food items were adequately available through the summer but shelves are now VERY empty and thoughts for Thanksgiving dinner are being discussed. All food items are needed for basic giving: canned fruit, pork 'n' beans, mac & cheese, cereal, tuna in water, and peanut butter, for example. The donations of home-grown fresh vegetables are always appreciated. Traditional holiday food items will be needed for Thanksgiving: boxed mashed potatoes, canned fruit, Jell-O, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, sweet potatoes, stuffing, chicken broth or gravy, canned evaporated milk, small cans of French fried onions. (These items will be offered for pick-up on November 15th and 20th before Thanksgiving.) Note: The pantry is closed the day before Thanksgiving.

     Some people find giving money is the easiest way to help with pantry needs. That works well since perishable food items can be purchased along with basic items if enough has not been donated.

     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