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The Churches United Pantry of Lima, Ohio, provides people with a three day supply of food on a once a month basis. It is an ecumenical partnership of 10 Lima Area churches.

Shout Out to the Trinity UMC Youth Group


Many thanks to Youth from Trinity United Methodist Church and Youth Pastor Megan Croy! They volunteered time to cleaning and stocking the shelves at CUP this morning. Their help is much appreciated. They did an amazing job!

We need more volunteers, and we have a wide range of tasks and very flexible times. If you are interested in seeing how you or your group can help, email or contact the CUP board member at one of our partner churches.


Lima Generosity + CUP Volunteers = Successful Day

20160514_100119 (1)20160514_100259 (1)20160514_100244 20160514_100100The United States Post Office teamed up with local food pantries to Stamp Out Hunger today.  Ten teams of CUP volunteers, in conjunction with the post office,  picked up donations left throughout Lima neighborhoods. CUP director Mary Stepleton was thrilled to report that CUP’s tally for the day was ten full grocery carts.  Postal workers also collected donations which will go to the West Ohio Food Bank for distribution to other area food pantries.

Stepleton offered high praise to CUP volunteer Suzanne Plumb, who organized CUP’s participation in the event.

Last month, CUP provided food for nearly 2000 people in Lima. The bulk of the organization’s support comes from its local church partners and events such as the USPS’ Stamp Out Hunger event.

The next CUP event will be a concert at Shawnee Alliance Church on May 28.  SIX bands will be rocking Shawnee Alliance Church, all to benefit CUP.

Doors open at 4 pm, and the music starts at 5. Donation of 2 personal care items for admittance.

Devotional: Hearing God Call

“Here I am, Lord, is it I, Lord.  I have heard you calling in the night.  I will go, Lord, if you lead me.  I will hold your people in my hands”  As volunteers for C. U. P.  we have the unique opportunity to hold God’s people in our hands by feeding the hungry.  As volunteers, we follow our mission by also listening to God’s people, offering help when needed and showing God’s incredible  love  and mercy and grace.  May we continue to hear God’s call in the night to continue our service.  Amen

Devotional Prayer

Isaiah 55:1 says “Ho everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”  God invites all to a free and rich banquet.  As the hungry are fed,  let us all remember that all are invited by God.  Maybe it’s not our stomachs that need filling, but our souls and hearts that need the grace and mercy of our Father.  May we all work together to fill empty stomachs, souls, and hearts,  In Jesus name, we pray.  Amen