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.
Coronavirus Response Drive-Through Pantry Information:
- The J.P. Lisack Community Food Pantry will be modified to a drive-through distribution. The pantry itself, including restroom facilities, will be closed.
- Family meal boxes will be distributed, as well as fresh produce and frozen protein.
- Coordination with state and local officials is ongoing.
- Ongoing updates will be posted to our website and social media.
Distribution times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm – 4 pm
FFFB will offer two drive-through pantries per week and double the amount of food allotted to each household. With this change, and to help ensure that FFFB has enough food, we ask that households visit only once per week, limit two households per vehicle. Please take time to clear out space in your trunk or the back end of your vehicle for a box of food. FFFB is implementing these changes in order to have fewer interactions and thus fewer opportunities for the potential spread of COVID-19.
Due to parking and environmental issues, clients are asked to arrive no earlier than 12:30 pm and to not idle cars as they wait.
In addition to grocery items available during regular pantry hours, we also offer resource coordination services. Resource Coordination is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 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.
Resource Coordinators help connect people to resources in the community such as SNAP registration, healthcare navigation, childcare assistance, education and cooking classes, utility and housing assistance, job training, employment and more. Our Resource Coordinators are assigned to visitors by the first letter of their last name. If you would like to speak with a Resource Coordinator, their contact information is below.
Amanda Estes – firstname.lastname@example.org 765.471.0062 x204
What to Expect
Please bring your own reusable bags, box or a laundry basket to help you transport food from the pantry to your destination. 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. Pantry wait time is shortest between 3 pm – 4 pm.
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 on site to provide more information about recipes, upcoming classes, and resource coordination services.
You will never need to show proof of income, ID or proof of residency to access food at this pantry.
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 sign up for a shift here.