The 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.
February 2017 Report:
In February, 227 families were served which provided food for 501 people. It is still necessary to buy a large amount of the basic food items needed due to fewer canned foods and other items being donated.
A couple of congregations are "experimenting" with different ways to help perk-up donations. One idea is to ask for one specific item one Sunday a month thinking people will remember "this is canned fruit Sunday" or "this month is tuna collection". Others have handed out paper bags with a list of a few needed items pasted on the side the first Sunday of the month. The bags were to be brought back containing "whatever" items by the last Sunday of the month.
Perhaps your outreach committee could work with a couple of these ideas or come up with another one to help boost donations. If each congregational family could give 1 or 2 or 3 items a month, the pantry shelves would be well packed with the basic foods that are served to help the friends and neighbors in our area in need of pantry help. (March could be mac and cheese month.)
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.
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.