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

April 2018 Pantry Report:

   In April the pantry volunteers served 216 families providing food for 479 people. Our next big event is the postal workers food collection on May 12. We are glad to have sorters at the pantry and drivers to pick up boxes of food at the main post office at 5:00 p.m. that day. Plan to enjoy the Memorial Day Concert at the Opera House at 3:00 on Monday, May 28 - a salute to all our veterans. Non-Perishable food items are the price of admission. That food comes directly to our pantry! Now is also the time to begin collecting for the Kid's Kits project that starts early in June. Items included in those kits are: 

  • Tomato and chicken noodle soup
  • 8 oz. juice boxes
  • Applesauce cups
  • Pudding cups
  • Jell-O cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Canned pasta
  • Small tooth paste
  • Tooth brushes
  • Small bags of snacks
  • Mac 'n' cheese

     Parents appreciate the extra items since the children miss out on the free lunch at school and the children think it's great to get their own special bag. Information about free lunches served at various sites in town through the summer will be shared when it is received at the pantry. On a daily basis food items are needed for regular giving and money donations are used to purchase the perishable items. Together we can help our neighbors in need of our pantry services. Thank you for helping the pantry provide those 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