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.


December 2017 Pantry Report:

     Volunteers were busy serving 249 families which provided food for 573 people in December. More than 85 turkeys or hams were offered along with other Christmas meal items to appreciative clients who had resigned up ahead of time. The turkeys were purchased with the help of Aldi gift cards from the Valparaiso FOP.

     Both Strack and Van Til stores were generous with helpful donations of food bags purchased by shoppers at their stores. Numerous other groups gave generously which helped supply the basic and extra needs of pantry families. The New Year will be back to basics for the regular food items offered to clients needing pantry-type assistance.

     Items that are often over-looked when donations are considered are saltine crackers, egg noodles, peanut butter, juices, bathroom tissue, pork 'n' beans and canned fruit. Looking ahead: in February bean soup kits are offered with money donations used to help buy the onions, Jiffy corn bread mixes and ham hocks given with the kits. But as always - any food donations are gladly received and served.

     A special thank you goes out to many extra volunteers who pick up food items regularly from Strack and Van Till, Aldi, VHS and the 7 sponsoring churches.

     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