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Donations to The Valparaiso School Corp. “WEEKEND BACKPACKS & SNACKS” ministry helps children to have nutritious meals on the weekends when they don’t have access to school breakfasts and lunches. Food donations for this ministry are blessed on the first Sunday of each month. Let us work to help all children succeed!

Canned meat (chicken, tuna, etc.) Pasta/spaghetti/noodles
Spaghetti or alfredo sauce (cans)   /  Instant potatoes
Canned chili   /   Soup/cup of soup
Crackers  /  Breakfast bars
Cereal/Oatmeal   /  Peanut butter/jelly (plastic jar)
Mac n cheese  /   Ramen noodles
Pudding snack packs   /   Fruit cups
Canned fruit /   Vegetable cups
Individual bags of chips   /   Individual juices/juice boxes
Kool-Aid packages  /  Juice (low sugar)
Please place donations in the labeled container
in the church’s foyer.

Christian Food Pantry
This Pantry began in 1982 in a closet at First Christian Church (Glendale Ave., Valpo) to serve the needs of 2 of the parish’s families. Word quickly spread, and the “closet” outgrew its space and moved to The Asbury Centre, 7 Chicago Street, Valpo, it’s current location, and now serves approx. 600-700 individuals.

St. Andrew’s, along with 7 other local churches, support the Pantry with donations of all non-perishable food items, especially soup, crackers, canned fruits & vegetables, cereal, pork ‘n beans, coffee, tea, juice, kleenex, bathroom tissue, paper towels, shampoo, dish & laundry detergent. Any cash donations are used to purchase perishable items, such as milk, meat, etc. for the clients. Thank you for your generosity in this ministry to others.  All  donations may be placed in  “Karl the Kart” in the church foyer.

Christian Food Pantry’s Summer Lunch Kit Ministry for Children – In addition to the regular list of requested food items, the Pantry puts together a special list of food items that they use to prepare Lunch Kits for children during the summer months.  Donations of any of the following are appreciated, and can be placed in “Karl the Kart.”

cereal /  breakfast bars (low sugar)  /  peanut butter  / jelly
spaghetti-o’s  /  tuna  /  mac & cheese  /  tomato or chicken noodle soup
cheese & crackers  /  Teddy Grahams  /  cookies  / fruit  /
applesauce cups  /  pudding snack cups  /  popcorn  /  apple juice (low sugar)