Everyone is welcome! The Grace Food Cupboard is a community outreach where no one is turned away. Because this ministry is not linked with any state or federal food bank, it is not required to adhere to government regulations.
Food distributions are now held weekly from 2 to 4 pm every Wednesday. Signs will be posted to direct you where to park and which door to use to pick up your food. Each Wednesday, different items will be distributed:
• First Wednesday – Bread, Baked Goods and Free Items
• Second Wednesday – Bread, Baked Goods, Free Items and U-Pick Racks
• Third Wednesday – Bread, Baked Goods, Free Items and Personal Care items
• Fourth Wednesday – Pre-Packed Groceries, Bread, Baked Goods and Free Items
• The Food Cupboard is also open on Sundays at 11:30 am (immediately following worship)
In May the Food Cupboard received 2040.6 pounds of food donated by Weis in Emmaus. Grace helped 229 people with 458 bags of food, plus lots of baked goods, personal care items, and preferred pick shelf items. Thank you to Ken and Mary Schaeffer for all they have done and continue to do to run this wonderful ministry! Thank you to all volunteers and supporters of the Food Cupboard as well. If you can help, please sign up here: July Signup Help
You may also help this ministry by donating non-perishable foods - drop off on the first Sunday of each month at worship, or at the church office during office hours (10 am – 1 pm Monday thru Friday). PLEASE check labels and do not donate outdated food. Items most needed at this time are canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned pasta meals, spaghetti sauce, and soup (however not chicken noodle or tomato as those are the only two we have right now). Thank you!
More about this ministry: The Grace Food Cupboard started in June 2020, when the Zionsville Food Pantry, because of the pandemic, needed a way to distribute those food donations that were not deemed necessary to meet the government requirements. They called Grace, and we moved crates of items like cake mixes, spices, tomatoes, potatoes, cooking oil, beans, pudding, drinks, snacks, odd vegetables, colored pasta, etc. to our chapel hallway. However, we soon realized that we needed more nutritious food for our clients. So we asked members and friends to donate canned meats and pasta meals, peanut butter, and other items so our clients could make better choices.
At that time, the Grace Food Cupboard evolved into a drive-up distribution on Tuesday and Friday of the last full week of the month, where anyone in the congregation or community could come and receive two pre-packed bags of groceries. The bags contain cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, two cans of vegetables, a box of mac and cheese, pasta and sauce, two cans of beans, a meal helper, canned meat, a canned pasta meal, and snacks. Beginning in February of 2022, the distribution dates and times changed to the Wednesday schedule listed above. On these dates, guests may enter Fellowship Hall and choose their own additional items from the available selection.