Supporting Local Food Pantries

Castleton UMC supports local food pantries through regular donations and by volunteering to help during pantry service hours.  The pantries we support include: The Sharing Place, 6501 Sunnyside Road;    The Cupboard of Lawrence Township, 7101 Pendleton Pike; and the student pantry at Lawrence North High School, 7802 Hague Road.

Each month one of the pantries is designated as the recipient of that month’s donations. A list of items in greatest demand is published each month. Volunteers then make a couple of deliveries to the designated pantry each month.

All of the pantries appreciate our donations of food and hygiene items, but they are also in need of volunteers in order to keep serving those in need. Several Castleton UMC members volunteer at both the Cupboard and the Sharing Place. Additional help is always needed and appreciated to help stock and staff the pantries.

Below is a list of which pantry is being supported each month of 2017.   

January – The Cupboard
February – The Sharing Place
March – Lawrence North High School Food Pantry (To help supply students over Spring Break) & The Cupboard
April – The Cupboard
May – The Sharing Place
June – The Cupboard
July – The Sharing Place
August – The Cupboard
September – The LN Food Pantry
October – The Cupboard
November – As part of the church’s InGathering, donations of food are collected along with children’s toys, blankets, and Christmas gifts for selected families. Food is delivered to Barnes UMC, Fletcher Place, Brightwood, The Cupboard, and the Sharing Place.
December – The Sharing Place

The Lawrence Cupboard

The CupboardThe Cupboard of Lawrence Township is a pantry that serves residents of Lawrence Township in need of food assistance.
Constructed by the Lawrence Township Trustee’s Office, The Cupboard of Lawrence Township seeks to assist Lawrence Township families in need of food assistance, provide healthier food options for visitors, and relieve the strain experienced by food pantries throughout Central Indiana.
In Lawrence Township we are working to make sure that when a resident is reaching for a helping hand, they don’t find an empty one.

Lawrence Township Hunger Coalition, Inc.
The day-to-day operation of The Cupboard of Lawrence Township is the responsibility of the Lawrence Township Hunger Coalition, Inc., a community 501(c)(3) organization.


The Sharing Place

Sharing PlaceThe Sharing Place is a material assistance program providing free food and clothing to families in need. Located in Lawrence Township, on the far east-side of Indianapolis. The Sharing Place is staffed by volunteers recruited from the community and local congregations.

The Sharing Place serves individuals and families of all ages in Marion County who need emergency food assistance or fall below the poverty line and meet the income guidelines set by TEFAP. There are zip code restrictions see their website for details.

In addition to food they also provide clothing for children newborn to 18 years of age. Again some restrictions see website for details.

The Sharing Place is located at 6501 Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis, IN 46236.

Operating Hours:CLOSED all recognized holidays
Mon, Tues, Thurs ~ 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
Tues ~ 6pm-8pm
2nd Saturday of the month ~ 10am-12pm