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. 


September 2019 Pantry Report:

     With 199 families served at the pantry, 466 people were provided with food. Hopefully reminders of the October 19th Grub Run starting from First Christian Church at 9:00 a.m. will bring out many runners/walkers with all profits going to the pantry. With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, food items for that special menu will be needed: green beans, 2.5 oz. french fried onion rings, mashed potatoes, broth, canned fruit, cream of mushroom soup and sweet potatoes. Small size coffee and teas add a little something extra.

     The special November holiday reminds us to be extra thankful for so many things. However, the pantry coordinators are VERY thankful YEAR-ROUND for the many volunteers and once-in-a-while helpers as well as those who support the pantry with canned and monetary donations, along with prayers for the clients in need of help from the pantry.

     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.