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.


March 2017 Report:

     March numbers showed 240 families served which provided food for 528 people. Several churches are trying some different collection plans and it will be interesting to see what kinds of projects work well.

     Plans for Easter giving have been made with offerings of Easter dinner items being given out on April 10 and 12.      Extra items needed for the Easter giving are canned corn, canned fruit, Jiffy muffin mix, Jell-o, plus cake mixes and frostings. 

     As this report is given, supplies of paper products are very low. Tissues and paper towels are appreciated items but are not purchased from pantry money. Small bottles of dish and laundry detergents are frequently requested, along with small bottles of cooking oil.

     The constant request is for the basic every-day-giving items such as peanut butter, tuna in water, pork 'n' beans and canned veggies. And as often mentioned: all kinds of food, cleaning and personal items are always offered and appreciated.

     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"

     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.


October Grub Run

     We are pleased to report the results of the Grub Run thought up and organized by Shawn Benham. A check for an awesome $2,221 dollars was presented to the pantry directors! The October 22nd run was well attended and the refreshments following at First Christian were appreciated. With certifications that aid runners for other such events included, Shawn expects an even larger attendance for the next Grub Run set for October 21, 2017. Any help or participation that came from our sponsoring congregations is greatly appreciated by Shawn, his staff, and the food pantry.