Available to all low-income persons in the Lafayette area, the J.P. Lisack Community Food Pantry is a low-barrier, emergency food resource. Our goal is to eliminate food insecurity by connecting clients to food immediately and by connecting clients to resources for the long-term. Food Finders Food Bank realized that simply handing out grocery items was no longer enough. The reasons for food insecurity are complex and numerous. It is our hope that by offering resource coordination in addition to grocery items we can assist clients in overcoming barriers that stand in their way to food security and self-sufficiency. More than a meal, the J.P. Lisack Community Food Pantry offers hope.
What do we mean when we say low-barrier? We mean you do not need to show proof of income or proof of ID to get food. We trust you. We also mean that there are no limits to the number of times you can access our pantry, as long as you are a resident of Tippecanoe County.
What do we mean when we say emergency? Because you can come as often as you need, you should plan on only getting enough food from this pantry to last until you are able to access food from another source. In most cases, this equals enough food to last between 2 and 3 days. The pantry offers assistance and information on how to access other food sources.
(Updated hours in effect April 30, 2018.)
Monday 1 pm – 7 pm
Tuesday 1 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday 1 pm – 7 pm
Friday 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 1 pm
In addition to grocery items available during regular pantry hours, we also offer resource coordination services. Resource Coordination is available Monday and Wednesday 8 am – 7 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 am – 5 pm.
Did you know that you can earn credits anytime you meet with a Resource Coordinator, sign up for SNAP, or attend a class for the first time? These credits allow you to purchase small kitchen appliances or other items that will help you access and prepare food. To learn how to earn credits and what you can buy with these, click here.
What to Expect
The pantry will have carts for you to use while shopping and bags for you to take your food home in. If you would like to bring your own, reusable bags or a laundry basket to help you transport food from the pantry to your destination, you are welcome to. Volunteers are available to help you in the pantry and to assist with carrying food out of the pantry.
There are no monthly limits on how many times a client may come to the pantry in any given month if you are a resident of Tippecanoe County. If you live outside of Tippecanoe County, you may come to this pantry once per month. This pantry acts as an emergency food resource so that clients may supplement other sources of food. You should expect to take only the food you will need over the course of a few days.
The pantry is restocked regularly throughout the hours that it is open. There is no advantage to arriving early.
There is a small waiting area for you to sit in while waiting to enter the pantry. It seats about 15 people at a time. Trained volunteers will assist with the check-in process and will be onsite to provide more information about recipes, upcoming classes, and resource coordination services.
You will not need to show proof of income to access food at this pantry. If you are a returning pantry client (you’ve already been at least once) you will need to show proof of residency. This can be an ID, a piece of mail, or a library card — anything to show you are a resident of Tippecanoe County.
The pantry needs over 60 volunteers a week to run smoothly. We are looking for compassionate, friendly people to fill positions ranging from shelf stocking to data entry to cooking demonstrations and more. You can learn more about each individual pantry volunteer descriptions here or you can sign up for a shift here.