Food pantry hub in dire need of donations

A local food pantry is seeing drastic decreases in their donations.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Leaders with Associated Churches say they’re in dire need of your help.  Community donations have plummeted and more people need food.

Normally you don’t see empty shelves at the Associated Churches food pantry warehouse. But, Rev. Reece tells NewsChannel 15 part of the reason is because the need has gone up significantly and community donations have gone down.

“We’re just trying to share with the community that we have an issue,” Rev. Roger Reece of Associated Churches said.

For 70 years Rev. Reece says Associated Churches has been helping families in the community. All thanks to donations. Now, those are becoming more scarce the need for relief is up by 10 percent from last year. Something volunteer Virginia Bryant has seen firsthand.

“More people who have been laid off, people who are just now finding out about the food banks that are coming in, and they are grateful we are here to give them food,” Bethlehem Lutheran Church Food Pantry volunteer Virginia Bryant said.

Bryant has volunteered at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church food pantry for 10 years. She says the donations mean a lot to the people who need it the most.

“We had a lady who had just got laid off. Her son’s birthday was that same day and it just happened that we had a birthday cake and ice cream. She started crying and saying she didn’t know how she was going to get him any food or a birthday cake but she was very happy.”

No matter the size of the donation, Rev. Reece says it adds up and makes a huge difference in our community.

“It is everyone coming together that $5 donation means a lot to us,” Rev. Reece said.

If you would like to give to Associated Churches they do accept non-perishable goods. You can donate goods or funds by stopping at their office downtown at 602 E. Wayne Street or click here to give online.


Associated Churches’ Food Pantries:

Anthony Wayne
First Church of God

(Serving Aboite Township)
Mon. & Wed.  9 to 11 a.m.
6012 South Bend Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

VIEW Location
Area served:
(N) Bass Rd;
(E) St. Mary’s River;
(S) Nutman to RR;
(W) West County Line Rd

Beacon Heights
Church of the Brethren

(Serving St. Joseph Township)
Wed. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
2810 Beacon Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260-482-8595    VIEW Location
Area served:
(N) Trier Road;
(E) I-469;
(S) Maumee River;
(W) St. Joe River.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
3705 S. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
260-744-3228VIEW Location
Area served:
(N) Oxford to Wayne Trace;
(E) Meyer Road;
(S) Tillman Road;
(W) Anthony Blvd.

County Line Church of God
First Friday of each month,
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

7716 N. County Line Road E.
Auburn, IN 46706
260-627-2482VIEW Location
Serving Jackson and Union Townships of DeKalb County

East Wayne Street Center
Tue. & Thurs. 1 to 3 p.m.
801 E. Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
260-422-6502VIEW Location
Area served:
(N) Maumee River;
(E) So. Coliseum Blvd;
(S) Conrail RR;
(W) Calhoun

Emanuel Lutheran Church
(Serving New Haven Area)
Tues. 9 to11:45 a.m.
800 Green Street
New Haven, IN 46774
260-749-2163VIEW Location
Area served:
(N) Maumee River;
(W) Adams Center Road;
(S) Tillman Road
(E) Adams & Jefferson Townships

First Christian Church
(Serving South Calhoun Neighborhood)
Mon., Wed. & Fri.  9 to 11  a.m.
4800 S. Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Food Pantry closes due to inclement weather when FWCS closesVIEW Location
Area served:
(N) Rudisill Blvd;
(E) Lafayette;
(S) Township Line & Tillman Rd;
(W) St. Mary’s River

Harlan United Methodist Church
(Serving Harlan Area, Springfield and Scipio Township)
Thursday 9 to 11 a.m.
16434 State Road 37
Harlan, IN 46743
Food Pantry closes due to inclement weather when EACS closesVIEW Location
Area served:
(W) Roth Road;
(S) Notestine Road;
(N) North County Line Rd;
(E) State Line

Heartland Community Church
Sunday Evening 6-7:15 p.m.
1025 Vance Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

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United Methodist Church

(Serving Huntertown Area)
2nd Tuesday &
Last Saturday 9 to 11:00 a.m.

16021 Lima Road
Huntertown, IN 46748
260-637-3716VIEW Location
Area served
(S) Dupont Road;
(E) Tonkel Road;
(W) Whitley County Line;
(N) Noble County Line

Leo United Methodist Church
(Serving Leo, Cedarville, Grabill, Spencerville and St. Joe Area.
Cedar Creek Township)
By Appointment
13527 Leo Road, Leo 46765
Food Pantry closes due to inclement weather when EACS closesVIEW Location
Area served:
(S) Notestine Rd to River;
(W) Mayhew to
Tonkel to St. Joe River;
(N) North Co. Line;
(E) Roth Road

Maplewood Mennonite Church
(Serving St. Joseph Township)
Wed., 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
4129 Maplecrest Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
260-485-8512VIEW Location
Area served
(N) St. Joe Center Road;
(W) St. Joe River;
(S) Trier Road;
(E) Swartz Road

North Christian Church
(Serving Washington and Perry Townships)
Mon. & Thurs. 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

5201 South Camden Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Food Pantry closes due to inclement weather when FWCS closes
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Area served:
(N) Dupont Road;
(E) Mayhew Rd to
Tonkel Rd to St. Joe River;
(S) to Coliseum West;
(W) Lima Road

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
(Serving St. Joseph Township)
Wed. & Friday 9 to 11:30 a.m.
7308 St. Joe Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
260-485-8022VIEW Location
Area served:
(N) Notestine Rd;
(E) Schwartz;
(S) St. Joe Center Road;
(W) St. Joe River

St. James Lutheran Church
(Serving Adams & Jefferson Townships)
Thurs. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
1720 SR 930 East
New Haven, IN 46774
749-5232VIEW Location
Area served:
(N) Maumee River;
(S) Moeller Road to
Adams Center Rd to
Lincoln Hwy to
Hartzell Road;
(W) Coliseum Blvd;

St. Joseph Catholic Church – Hessen Cassel
(Serving Marion Township)
Thur. 10 to 12 noon
Sat. 9 to 10:00 a.m.

11337 Old US Highway 27 S
Fort Wayne, IN 46816

260-639-3748VIEW Location
Area served
(N) South of Tillman;
(W) East of South Anthony

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
(Serving Monroeville Area: Monroe, Jackson, and Madison Townships)
Tues. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. &
Second Sat. of Month 9 to 11 a.m.
201 E South St, Monroeville, IN 46773

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Area served:
Monroeville Area:
Monroe, Jackson, and Madison Townships

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
(Serving Arcola Area: Lake, Eel River and Washington Townships)
Wed. & Fri. 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
2305 Goshen Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
483-9312VIEW Location
Area served:
(W) West County Line Rd;
(N) Dupont Rd;
(E) Lima Rd & St. Joe River;
(S) State Blvd. & Bass Rd

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Mon. & Fri. 9 to 10:45 a.m.
2120 South Harrison St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
260-456-4868VIEW Location
Area served
(N) Taylor to Fairfield to Norfolk & Western RR;
(E) Hanna St;
(S) Rudisill Blvd;
(W) St Marys River

The Light of the Cross
Wed., Fri., & Sat. 9 to 11:30 a.m.
2936 South Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
260-387-7894VIEW Location
Area served:
(N) Pontiac Street;
(E) Wayne Trace;
(S) Oxford & Rudisill Blvd;
(W) Hanna Street

Trinity United
Methodist Church

Mon., Wed., & Fri, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
609 Putnam Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Food Pantry closes due to inclement weather when FWCS closes
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Area served:
(N) State Blvd;
(E) St. Mary’s River to Clinton St
(S) Penn RR and Sinclair St. to Sherman;
(W) Penn Central RR;

Union Baptist World
Changing Ministries

Mon., Wed. & Fri. 9 to 11:00 a.m.
2200 Smith Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

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Area served:
(N) Norfolk & Western RR;
(E) Anthony Blvd;
(S) Pontiac St;
(W) Hanna St.

United Faith
Presbyterian Church

Mon. and Wed. 9 to 11 a.m.
1616 West Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46808

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Area served:
(N) Sinclair St;
(E) Sherman St;
(S) St. Mary’s River;
(W) Lindenwood Cemetery

Waynedale United
Methodist Church

(Serving Yoder: Pleasant and Lafayette Townships)
Mon., Wed. & Fri 9 to 11 a.m.
2501 Church Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46809
260-747-7424VIEW Location
Area served:
(N) Nutman;
(E) St. Mary’s River;
(S & W)  Pleasant and Lafayette Townships

Wellspring Interfaith
Social Services

Mon., Wed. & Fri. 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Tues. 5-7:30 p.m.
Thurs. 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

1316 Broadway
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
260-422-6618VIEW Location
Area served:
(W & N) St. Mary’s River;
(E) Calhoun and Fairfield; (S) Taylor

Woodburn United
Methodist Church

Tues & Thurs. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening by Appointment

4300 Becker Road
Woodburn, IN 46797
260-632-5313VIEW Location
Area served:
Woodburn Area:
Maumee and Milan Township

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