While U.S. census data indicate that much of North Central Indianapolis – the community around St. Luke’s UMC – is home to some of the wealthiest households in the country, one corner of this part of town ranks dead last in terms of economic power and privilege in the USA. Into the heart of this neighborhood St. Luke’s UMC is injecting a little hope, with the Crooked Creek Food Pantry (CCFP).
A client-choice food pantry at 69th and Michigan Road – CCFP is a St. Luke's partnership with Eskenazi Health Center Pecar and Dow AgroSciences.
Crooked Creek is a neighborhood where the church has been engaged in ministry for some time through programs like after-school tutoring at Fox Hill Elementary School near the pantry, offering scholarship for students to attend camps and soccer programs at Creekwood Apartments. The addition of a food pantry is a natural progression from the work St. Luke's has participated in as a member of the Indianapolis Hunger Initiative, which has a goal of ending hunger in Indianapolis.
The church also works with the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and its partner pantries plus the Indy Hunger Network. Further, United Methodist Women’s groups at St. Luke’s sponsor food drives twice a year for smaller pantries across the city that fill a gap for people living in those neighborhood.
“We understand hunger to be much more than a lack of food” Pastor Jamalyn Peigh Williamson says. “Since we opened our doors in February of 2015, we have established relationships with people in the Crooked Creek community. We are beginning to understand the unique challenges people face and hope to be a part of the process of assisting our neighbors find wholeness in all areas of their lives."
Food Pantry Eligibility Requirements:
To become a client of the food pantry, you must live within the following boundaries: North on Michigan to 86th St., East on Westlane to Harcourt/Grandview, South on Michigan to 56th/Kessler, and 71st West to Georgetown.
Food Pantry Hours:
Wednesday 2-6PM / Thursday 3-6PM / Friday 10:30AM-12:30PM and 2-4PM.
Please bring a current bill with your address listed and a picture ID. Clients are permitted to shop once a month.
Take a red CCFP bag from church, fill it with groceries and return it to door 7 at St. Luke's. Requested food items are: canned beans, rice, canned meat (tuna, chicken, Spam), canned pineapple or mandarin oranges and chunky soups.
Please mail a check to St. Luke's UMC, 100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or leave it in the offering plate. Please make sure you indicate "CCFP" in the memo line.