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.
September 2020 Pantry Report:
With 161 families receiving food that provided for 440 people the pantry volunteers were busy helping those in our community that came for assistance. It has been decided that menu items for Thanksgiving dinner can be offered since donated turkeys have been reserved. Items that will be given out and, therefore, needed are cranberry sauce, turkey gravy (packets are safest to pack), cake mixes, frostings, French fried onions, boxed mashed potatoes and canned sweet potatoes. It is hoped that items can be packed in such a way as to make it easy for a quick "in-and-out" pick up of items. For basic giving cereals, all soups, bathroom tissue, Kleenex, paper towels, tuna in water, baked beans or pork "n" beans, Mac "n" cheese, as well as canned veggies are always needed. Any kind of help is greatly appreciated.
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.