The 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.
Location 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.
During the COVID-19 Crisis:
It is greatly appreciated how our sponsoring churches are responding to the situation created by the pandemic closings. Since church buildings are closed various ways have been found to still collect food and get it to the pantry. One congregation has posted that food can be brought to their church on certain days of the week at specific times. Arrangements are then made for someone to be at the door to help unload the food items. Another church group asked that those wanting to donate should call the church and someone would plan to meet them at the door. Arrangements were then made for that food to be brought to the pantry on the Monday or Wednesday it is open - 10:00 to noon. One congregation asked that plans be made to have the food picked up by a pantry volunteer. For individuals wishing to give money, checks can be gotten to their church act will be added to other money meant for the pantry and the church writes one check and sends it to the pantry. Checks for the pantry need to be made out to Christian Food Pantry and mailed to: 1507 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46383. Lots of great ideas are in place to help with continued help for those in our area in need of pantry assistance. Thank you to all involved.
Read the 2019 Pantry Year-End Report here.
February 2020 Pantry Report:
Volunteers were glad to be able to serve 277 families providing food for 638 people in February. Several congregations had fun with Souper Bowl Sunday and the pantry benefitted well. Money not designated for food was used to buy paper towels which were offered to every family as an extra. Paper towels are an item that seems to be greatly appreciated by pantry clients.
Plans are now being made to offer Easter menu items to pantry families. Foods needed for this project are Jiffy muffin mix, cream style and kernel canned corn, Jell-O, canned fruit, jars of applesauce, 11 oz. coffees - regular and decaf, boxes of teas - at least 20 bags, hot chocolate, and boxed au gratin/scalloped potatoes. Monetary donations will be used to buy dinner rolls and hams. Pick-up dates for the special dinner items will be April 6th and 8th.
Of course, through March the basic items offered each client will be needed as usual: canned spaghetti sauce, cereal, pork and beans, soups, man and cheese, mixed veggies, canned pasta, etc. March has an extra Monday so extra basic food items will be needed. Thanks to all who help by donating time, food items or money enabling the pantry's project of assisting families in our community who need our kind of help.
Thank you for caring and sharing, donations are appreciated: Nan Steeves-founder, Sharon Crowder and Anne Egolf.
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.
All donations of time, food, household cleaning, personal care items, brown paper sacks and money are greatly appreciated.