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 Community 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 Community 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 2019.

January –  The Community Cupboard
February – Lawrence North High School Food Pantry (To help supply students over Spring Break)
March – The Sharing Place
April – The Community Cupboard
May – The Sharing Place
June – The Community Cupboard
July – The Sharing Place
August – The Community Cupboard
September – The LN Food Pantry
October – The Sharing Place
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, The Sharing Place, and the Community Cupboard.
December – The Community Cupboard

The Community Cupboard of Lawrence

The CupboardThe Community Cupboard of Lawrence is a pantry that serves residents of Lawrence Township in need of food assistance.
Founded and constructed by the Lawrence Township Trustee’s Office, The Community Cupboard of Lawrence is now managed by Community Health Network. This outreach of Community Health Network 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.

The Community Cupboard is located at 7101 Pendleton Pike.

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, 10 am – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm
Friday, 10 am – 4 pm

Volunteers are needed to help staff the Community Cupboard and assist visitors during the hours of operation. More information can be found at the website for the Community Cupboard.


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
Monday and Thursday, 10am-3pm
Tuesday, 4pm-8pm
2nd Saturday of the month, 10am-1pm