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.
August 2017 Pantry Report:
During the month of July, 273 families were served providing food for 654 individuals. Since school starts August 14, Kid's Kits will be ending (113 kits were given out in July). We are well supplied for making kits to finish out for this summer. Thanks for those generous donations! One dad forgot to pick up the kit for his daughter today. She was so disappointed that he made a special trip back for it. Guess that is a testimony to the kits being appreciated,
In September, laundry detergent will be offered as an "extra" - kind of a "back to school" item. Often the schools request that each child bring in a box of tissues. That would be a good September donation along with a detergent (it doesn't have to be large).
Juices of all flavors are always appreciated. It will be warm for a while yet, so "summer drinks" are well received. Fresh vegetables are being donated with some clients ready to learn new recipes for preparation. We have several volunteers that can readily help with fun ideas.
With a couple of congregations doing a "special Sunday" a month and continuous faithful giving from others, the shelves are nicely "filled" to begin the fall season. It was a "no-worry serve" summer with lots of help with continuous donations that seemed to have started with the great postal drive in May. It won't take long for these supplies to be served and the usual items will need to be replenished. It should be easy to remember: if you use it a client family will need it. Thanks to Strack and Van Til and another source, breads, buns, and sweets are generously donated. The sliced bread is greatly enjoyed. A special crew of extra volunteers pick up those items on a daily basis. Another "crew" picks up items purchased at Aldi's each day the pantry is open. We couldn't have managed this 35-year-old program without lots of VOLUNTEERS!!!!! Let's all keep up the good work to help our "neighbors" through tough times.--Nan, Anne and Sharon
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.
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