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.

Read the 2018 Pantry Year-End Report here. 


April 2019 Pantry Report:

     In April, 244 families were served, providing food for 596 family members. Fortunately, money was available to provide hams and other Easter menu items for 116 families. Various desserts from Strack's on Calumet supplemented cake/frosting mixes. Both Strack and Van Til stores provided Easter bags to help fill needs for basic giving.

     The postal workers collection will be on May 11 and those items help keep the pantry supplied well into the summer months.

     The 13th Annual Memorial Day Concert will be held at the Opera House. The admission of canned goods for the pantry are always helpful and appreciated.

     During May, items are requested for the Kid's Kits offered to families with children ages 5 to 15 during the summer school recess. The kits include tomato and chicken noodle soups, canned pasta, applesauce, and fruit and pudding cups, mac 'n cheese, and 6-ounce fruit drinks. Small packages of chips and cookies are included with toothpaste and tooth brushes. With the generous help from our 7 sponsoring congregations, along with various other groups and organizations, the pantry is able to continue serving families in our neighborhood that need this kind of assistance.

     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.


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.