Available to all low-income persons in the Lafayette area, the JP 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 JP 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.

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.

Pantry Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 1pm – 7pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm

The pantry is closed on Thursdays and Sundays.

 

Services

In addition to grocery items available during regular pantry hours, we also offer resource coordination services. Resource Coordination is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8am – 7pm, Thursday 8am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm.

To learn more about our most effective Resource Coordination program, called Recipe for Success, click here.

Did you know that you can earn tokens anytime you meet with a Resource Coordinator, sign up for SNAP, attend a class, or volunteer in the pantry? These tokens allow you to purchase small kitchen appliances or other items that will help you access and prepare food. To learn how to earn tokens and what you can buy with these tokens, 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, re-usable 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 every 30 days. 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 will be 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.

Volunteers

The pantry needs over 80 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. Volunteers must go through a training session and commit to 12 shifts in a six month period. If you are interested in joining our pantry team please contact Katie Powell at kpowell@food-finders.org or by calling 765-471-0062 x113.

We are also seeking people who are able to teach or assist with classes. Many of the classes already have a curriculum developed, so it’s easy for you to hop on board. But if you have a special skill you want to teach that you think our clients would benefit from, get in touch with us by calling 764-471-0062.

If you have already completed the volunteer training and want to sign up for a shift, click HERE to learn more.