Food Pantry & Clothing Closet

We provide clothing and non-perishable food to community members who are in need due to financial distress from loss of income, loss of a home through natural disaster, or other circumstances. We also endeavor to help families who are meeting the needs of children who have been removed from their home as a protective measure.

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is stocked with donated non-perishable food items. Donated food or monetary gifts come from corporate grocer donations, government programs such as the USDA, local food drives, or personal gifts to the Pantry. 

Clothing Closet

The Clothing Closet is filled with donated new or gently used clothing. Donated clothing is provided by individuals or corporate retail organizations, or through monetary gifts with which needed items are purchased. 

Closet hours: Tuesdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Visits are by appointment only. 

Appointments and Referrals

Guests are referred to the Food Pantry and Clothing Closet through local community agencies, Single Mom Ministry, Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry, or the pastors or deacons of Faith Baptist Church. Guests who have not been referred can meet with the Faith Community Center in-house referral agent by leaving a name and number at (765) 449-4600, extension 236, after which an appointment will be scheduled with the referral agent. 

Community agencies can call the Faith Community Center at (765) 449-4600 and ask to be transferred to the Food Pantry and Clothing Closet telephone extension (#236). Please leave the name of the agency, the name of guest, and the telephone number of the guest after the recorded message, and the guest will be contacted to schedule an appointment. 

Contact Us

Referrals should be made via phone at (765) 449-4600 x236.

For more information about the Food Pantry or Clothing Closet, please contact Julie Cole.

Volunteer Opportunities

We ask our volunteers to serve once a month on a Tuesday for four hours as a Store Attendant, or flexible hours working behind the scenes helping with inventory control (i.e., rotating, stocking, shopping, etc.). 

Store Attendant

When our guests arrive, we have them fill out their grocery list. One of the volunteers then goes to the storage room and fills their order. We bring it back to them in bags and offer to take it to their car. We reschedule them again in four weeks, if necessary.

Shopper

Our shoppers shop once a week at Food Finders due to low costs. Often we cannot get all we need there, so we also shop at Wal-Mart and Aldi. All costs are paid for by Faith Community Ministries.

Inventory Control

Clothing Closet Opportunities

The Clothing Closet is always looking for new volunteers. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please read through the job descriptions below and contact Julie Cole.

Clothing Closet Store Attendants

  • Job Summary: Assist clothing closet referrals with selecting five sets of clothing per approved family member from inventory, during open days and shifts.
  • Duties: Welcome and greet guest. Confirm appointment. Complete Clothing Closet Introductory Form. Check picture identification. Assist in selecting clothing from inventory. Collect hangers. Bag clothing items. Schedule return appointment in 90 days. Maintain a visually pleasing store.
  • Responsibilities: Maintain a loving and professional image to customers. Follow all Clothing Closet policies and procedures in a positive manner. Communicate any issues or concerns to leadership. Treat shoppers with respect and dignity.
  • Specifications: Like working with people. Willing to work in a team environment. Good communication skills.

Clothing Closet Appointment Schedulers

  • Job Summary: Make appointments for referees to shop in the clothing closet.
  • Duties: Receive phone messages from referral agent for the first Clothing Closet visit.
  • Responsibilities: Return all messages on a timely basis. Maintain a professional demeanor. Keep appointments organized.
  • Specifications: Excellent follow-up skills. Detail-oriented and organized. Good communication skills. Minimum computer skills. Dependable.

Clothing Closet Clothes Processors

Will need regularly scheduled and emergency processors.

  • Job Summary: Process all incoming donated clothing to Clothing Closet.
  • Duties: Sort out usable clothing vs. non-usable clothing. Organize all clothing by sex and size. Place usable inventory into closet or designated totes for future use.
  • Responsibilities: Ensure clothing is in a presentable condition. Maintain organized inventory.
  • Specifications: Able to lift, sort, and organize clothing.
How to Make a Donation

Clothing, shoes or food items

  • Monday - Friday: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Canned Items

  • Vegetables: carrots, corn, mixed veggies, green beans, tomatoes Meats: chicken, tuna, refried beans, canned beans
  • Fruits: apple sauce, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, peaches, pineapple
  • Soups: cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, chicken noodle, tomato, vegetable beef

Boxed Items

  • Cereal: Any assorted, oatmeal, pancake mix/syrup
  • Pasta: egg noodles, macaroni noodles, rice Chicken or Tuna Helper Spaghetti sauce/spaghetti noodles
  • Side Dishes: instant mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese

Snacks

Crackers: graham, saltines, wheat thins; peanut butter, jelly

Hygiene / Health Items

Bar soap/body wash, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, deodorant (men’s and women’s)

Paper Products

Paper towels, toilet paper 

Miscellaneous

Corn bread mix, honey, corned beef hash, beef stew, spam, chicken & dumplings, pork-n-beans, Hamburger Helper