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.
April 2017 Report:
In April, 2016 families were served at the pantry which provided food for 464 people. We were very fortunate to have the items and money to give food for 65 ham/turkey Easter dinners. It is time to think about providing Kids Kits for families with children 5 to 15 years old who will be home from school for the summer. Several places offer meals for the children during the day and we give out that information. However, we feel that the children of our pantry families enjoy and need an extra kit of their own. Items needed are: tomato and chicken noodle soups, canned pasta, mac & cheese, fruit cups, applesauce cups, pudding cups, 6 oz. drinks and any extra snack type items. Last summer over 300 Kids Kits were provided. We have found the kits are greatly appreciated.
First United Methodist Church at 103 Franklin St. provides a hot meal the 4th Tuesday of each month (see dinner schedule here) to any in the community who wish to attend. Our pantry volunteers will be providing 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".
Also, please remember that the 11th Annual Memorial Day Concert will be held on Monday, May 29th at 3:00 p.m. at the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Avenue.
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.
October Grub Run
We are pleased to report the results of the Grub Run thought up and organized by Shawn Benham. A check for an awesome $2,221 dollars was presented to the pantry directors! The October 22nd run was well attended and the refreshments following at First Christian were appreciated. With certifications that aid runners for other such events included, Shawn expects an even larger attendance for the next Grub Run set for October 21, 2017. Any help or participation that came from our sponsoring congregations is greatly appreciated by Shawn, his staff, and the food pantry.