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 2017 Pantry Year-End Report here

October 2018 Pantry Report:

   Our number of families and people provided for were larger in that October had 5 Mondays and 5 Wednesdays: 256 families; 579 people getting food. The number of food items donated is down but fortunately there is money available at this time to purchase the basic items needed for regular distribution. Special items specifically needed for the Thanksgiving menu are canned sweet potatoes, jello, gravy, canned fruits, green beans and French fried onions for the casseroles. These things need to be at the pantry by November 14th. Turkeys are being provided again this year. Distribution of the Thanksgiving items for our clients will be on November 14 and November 19 - regular pantry days and hours - with no sign-up required.

     Even though the holiday menu foods are provided extra, the every-day foods are needed for the basic giving families get on a regular basis. Monetary donations go to the purchase of perishable foods offered with the regular giving. Yes, there are a number of sources in the area for the holiday giving, but we hope to provide those in our area with the "holiday spirit" at the location they have found convenient for them to reach. Thank you all for your assistance in helping us furnish extra for the holiday.

     Hoping holidays are special for all you "special congregational contacts", Nan, Sharon and Anne.

     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" 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.


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 11-01-2017