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.
January 2017 Report:
January families served: 278; food provided for 585 people. All the basic food items are needed - as usual. We have needed to buy most of the food given in a basic servicing for a family for the last several months. Hopefully there will be a good supply from the fun Souper Bowl Sunday voting/collection to help out.
The annual bean soup kits are planned for February. The kits include 2 cups of dried beans, season gins, an onion, ham hock and instructions. Pumpkin pie kits are also offered. The assembly of these kits has been taken care of by a group of Kiwanis Kids (K Kids) at Northview School under the supervision of Melissa Brown. Clients have been asking about the kits throughout January.
Money donations have been sufficient so that the usual perishable food items can still be offered. The new ordering-from-Aldi's-and-picking-up program seems to be working well. Several men with trucks have been willing to provide this pick-up service regularly. Shopping there has resulted in some monetary savings.
There are a number of informational materials provided hoping to give help to clients. Upon occasion, a health insurance representative comes to help with those kinds of issues. Phone numbers are available for other agencies that can be of help. Posters telling about various help groups are posted. Notices about job openings are sometimes posted. We try to give more than "just food" help. (Volunteers often give lots of listening help, also).
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.
New for 2017
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.