ROLLING PRAIRIE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Always are in Need of Plastic Bags.. You can bring to church or when pantry open                 Thurs 8 a.m - Noon 

The food pantry is made possible through the united efforts of 5 local area churches: Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, Rolling Prairie Christian Church,

              St. John Kanty Catholic Church, Maple Grove United Methodist Church,                  Sauktown Church of Christ,





Food and funds come from the many generous donations of organizations, businesses, families and individuals around our community and all the volunteers who give of their time in working, buying, and stocking the food pantry each week.....

Food Pantry Contact
Susan
219-380-5564
 


Open Thursdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m (cst)

Based out of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church

3444 E US HWY 20   

Rolling Prairie, In 46371​

March Food Pantry Needs

Any Cereal, 

Canned Green Beans


All food, monetary, and time donations are greatly appreciated. 

 so much for your generous donations....

Community Food Pantry of Galena, Hudson, Kankakee, and Wills Township
  January 2018 Update     


Thank you for the many donations that you have given to the Food Pantry!

Your Board of Directors wanted to provide an update to share how your gifts are being used and the areas of greatest success and need for the Food Pantry at this time.

In 2017, 178 families visited the Food Pantry for a total of 1,078 visits -  each family is able to receive food twice per month.  This results in an average of 306 persons being served each month. 

The Pantry is open every Thursday from 8:00am to 12:00pm at the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church.  At each visit, they receive a gallon of milk, one dozen eggs, a pound of margarine, a package of meat such as chicken or beef, and several loaves of bread.  They also receive boxed potatoes, pancake or baking mix, macaroni & cheese or hamburger helper, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned beans, canned soup, canned potatoes, pasta, pasta sauce, canned tuna or other canned meat, cereal, rice, and toilet paper.  On one visit per month, they receive a bar of soap, shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap.  Every other month, they receive detergent and cooking oil.

For Thanksgiving, each patron received the following: turkey, fresh potatoes, dressing mix, cranberry sauce, gravy, flour, sugar, and jell-o and canned fruit for a jell-o salad. The Thanksgiving meal was above and beyond what families normally receive. At Christmas, the families received a ham donated by the Rolling Prairie Lions Club and fresh potatoes, in addition to what they normally receive.

Most of what we give to our families comes from your donations.  We also receive a small amount of food from the USDA.  We have an excellent partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Indiana in South Bend and purchase much of our meat and supplies from them at a much lower cost than even the best sale at a retail store. We appreciate all donations of both food and money.  Monetary donations to help assure we can purchase the food items to fill in what's needed to meet clients' needs, as well as provide meat and supplies such as toilet paper are currently our greatest need. We can stretch a dollar at the Food Bank further than you could ever imagine!!

The Board puts on several fundraisers each year - and we have appreciated your help and support of them! They include port-a-pit, a 5K/8K Walk/Run, and a Dollars for Dogs sale at Kabelin's in La Porte. 


When our Churches came together to provide this much needed service to our community, we couldn't have predicted the success we've seen.  Our volunteers and Board thank you for your support. Most importantly, our local families in need are blessed by your prayers and your response to their physical needs.  Thank you!

All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above, so we lift our hearts up to you, God,
in praise and thanksgiving.

As we count our blessings, and acknowledge your goodness, our hearts go out to those who do not have, and who are in need.

We thank you for plentiful harvests and full refrigerators and ask that you supply the needs of those who are hungry.

We thank you for jobs that provide for our families and supply the needs of our society,
and pray that you would care for those who have no work, or the dignity and purpose it brings.

 of Galena, Hudson, Kankakee, Wills Townships, INC. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP

Because of the increase in the need for the        

Food  Pantry, the committee is asking each family to

bring a specific item each month to stock the food pantry.                        


We thank you for opportunities and choices,
for meaning and challenges,
and pray that you would give a sense of purpose
to those who feel trapped.

We thank you for family and friends who love us and care for us and pray that you would befriend those who are alone.

The abundance of the harvest
is a symbol of the abundance of your love in our lives. May we live in a spirit of gratitude to you
and generosity to our neighbour.

Loving God, in this season and all year long,
give to us the gift of a thankful heart,
so that we may acknowledge you as the giver
of all that is good in our lives.
In the name of Jesus we ask it.
Amen. ~ posted on the Presbyterian Church in Canada website.

Thank you to Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church for graciously opening their building allowing the Food Pantry, to serve those in need..

​THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  Because of your generousity and supporting nature, the FOOD PANTRY made $2,144 on the Port-a-Pit August 4th. A special thanks to June Lenig for selling 20 chicken and 10 pork chop dinners. She always takes a packet of tickets to sell for me. Between Harold Carlson, Dave Schafer, June and myself, over a hundred twenty tickets were sold. Not only did the Food Pantry profit, but the clients did also.  Some people do not like the port-a-pit food, but they bought a ticket anyway.  Also, some people gave a $20 for two tickets and said keep the change.  As a result  30 tickets were given to pantry clients on a first come first serve basis.  Of those thirty tickets, YOU paid for 15 of them.  Good going!

The Food Pantry's budget for the year is $18,200. You can see that the only way we can meet this amount is by you supporting our fund raisers,monetry donations, grants and bringing food that is listed in the church bulletin. Your aluminum cans are also an added way of donating. Wayne and Shirley Kirkham pick up and take them to Scrappy's. This last load netted $42.20.

Again we were fortunate to receive a UNITY FOUNDATION grant of $3,000. On September 21, a delegation of Harold Carlson, Joy Simeons, and John Taylor will receive the check at the UNITY's annual luncheon.  This is the third year our pantry has received a grant of $3,000. Your pantry is recognize not only by the UNITY FOUNDATION but, also, by NORTH INDIANA FOOD BANK for going beyond just handing out food.  Your dirctor, Sue Hartwick, lists places hiring, the library brings books that the clients can take, magazines are available, last quarters UPPER ROOMS are for the clients taking, and the vounteers listen to their concerns, give hugs and support.  Christ's love flows through these volunteers.  If anyone wants to serve 2 hours a montth or more, please come on a Thursday from 8-12 a.m. Your help is always needed.​