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

August 2018 Pantry Report:

  With 261 families served in August 650 people were provided with food. Sixty-six Kid's Kits were given out as the summer season for the kits came to an end since school started. Shelves at the pantry are literally empty except for supplies that have been purchased to continue to serve families in need of pantry help. The always-needed basics include cereal, canned spaghetti sauce, 1 pound spaghetti, canned fruit, mac & cheese, soups, pork & beans, tuna in water, corn, mixed veggies, TP, and saltine crackers. 

     When basic food items are donated money can be used to purchase perishable foods. Of course, any extras are always greatly appreciated.

     It is also timely that items specifically needed for Thanksgiving are being requested now. Green beans, cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, stuffing, Jell-O, canned sweet potatoes, canned fruit and boxed mashed potatoes will be some of the foods offered to make up the holiday menu.

     The "bottom line" of this report is the fact that no matter the time of year, basic supplies are needed to assist the neighbors in our area.

     Thanks for remembering and donating for the needs of the families in our neighborhood in need of our pantry's services.

     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