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Porter County food pantries.

Members of the Porter County community can turn to a food pantry for assistance. The distribution centers are located in many towns in the area, including Valparaiso and Hebron. They will provide struggling families with free, emergency food as well as other support. Some even provide small dollar amounts of financial aid.

Due to the fact that resources are limited, the non-profits have limited supplies. They will tend to provide a small amount of groceries or food. It is usually only offered once a month or so, but each pantry does have its own application process. There may be dairy items, canned goods, butter, eggs, meat, fruits and even baby formula. Or if someone needs a meal, such as a senior citizen, that can often be arranged in Porter County.

For clients that need more long term support, they may better be served by government aid. Whether it is SNAP food stamps or surplus USDA commodities, some help may be provided.

Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry
Address is 801 Broadway, Old Wiseway Store
Chesterton, Indiana 46304
Telephone number - (219) 926-4278
The non-profit helps families in Jackson, Westchester, Liberty and Pine Townships only. Fruits, meat, peanut butter, bread, and more may be served.

Christian Food Pantry Of Porter Township
756 West 350 South
Hebron, IN 46341
Dial (219) 988-4700
Assistance is for Boone and Porter.

United Methodist Church Of Hebron
Main address - 202 West Church Street
Hebron, Indiana 46341
The pantry can be called at (219) 996-7161




Pleasant Township Trustee - St. Paul Lutheran Church
507 Rose Avenue
Kouts, IN 46347
(219) 766-2724
An emergency food pantry is on site. The town and social workers can also direct families to food stamps, medical care, and public benefits to prevent hunger or homelessness.

Food Bank Of Northwest Indiana - Woodland Park Community Center
2100 Willowcreek Road
Portage, Indiana 46368
For hours, call (219) 980-1777
The food bank is a last resort. Children, seniors, and families with no other options can turn to this location for help.

Portage Township Food Pantry
5391 Central Avenue
Portage, Indiana 46368
(219) 762-1623

Society Of Saint Vincent De Paul - Nativity Of Our Savior Parish
2949 Willowcreek Road
Portage, IN 46368
(219) 762-4858
Donations from members of the church, restaurants, and stores keep this Porter County operation running. There may be hot meals, food at Christmas, funds for rent, Meals on Wheels, and other services for the jobless or unemployed.

Hilltop Neighborhood House - Village Market
602 Monroe Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 531-1991

Immanuel Lutheran Church
Main address: 1700 Monticello Park Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone - (219) 462-8207
The food pantry is open monthly for people in Center or Washington township in Valparaiso, Indiana.





Salvation Army Center In Porter County
Address is 799 Capital Road
Valparaiso, IN 46385
(219) 762-9191
Canned food is available. There is also shelter services, Christmas meals for the low income in Porter County, a clothing closet, and more.

Our Lady Of Sorrows Church
356 Seven Mile Road
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Telephone number - (219) 759-3480

Svdp - Saint Elizabeth Seton Church
Location is 509 West Division Road
Valparaiso, IN 46385
(219) 464-1624
Various assistance programs are run in Porter County. Whether it is groceries or hygiene items from the pantry, school supplies, or vouchers to pay for food, the charity helps the vulnerable.




Saint Paul Church
1855 West Harrison Boulevard
Valparaiso, Indiana 46384
(219) 464-4831

Union Township Trustee
Address is 251 North 475 West, Suite C
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Dial (219) 759-1482
Emergency food, clothing, transportation, and other programs are run.

For more details on food pantries and programs in the region, dial 219.980.1777. Whether it is a resource such as Meals on Wheels from an Aging Center, or summer snacks for children out of school, programs are provided.


By Jon McNamara

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