The food pantry operates so that no one has to worry about his or her next meal. We distribute groceries to 1,100-1,300 LaPorte County residents in need each month. Instead of being handed a box of food, participants are greeted by a friendly and helpful staff while being allowed to choose their own groceries from overflowing shelves. The food pantry is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 12-1:30 PM and Saturday from 9-10:30 AM.
The table is an extension of the family. We gather around it. Laugh and talk around it. And eat around it. To foster familiar experiences in the LaPorte community, the Pax Center hosts two weekly community meals (Monday’s from 11:30AM-1PM and Wednesday’s from 5-6:30 PM.) Each meal has a salad, main course, and dessert. Everyone is welcome because everyone is family.
Brighton Street Green Space
Brighton Street Green Space is an acre-and-a-half project that will provide more garden and education space in the midst of a food desert. We are planning on beginning this project in late 2017.
The Jackson Street Community Garden is committed to growing food communally and to giving back to our neighbors. The garden features 50 garden plots for families and individuals, a summer kids garden club, and a free u-pick area to benefit the local community. There is also a Share Table for those that wish to donate their own garden produce. The garden is located at the corner of Jackson Street and Jefferson Avenue in downtown LaPorte.
Our resource center is outfitted with multiple computers and equipment to help people stay connected online. We can help create resumes, fill out job applications, check email, or search job sites for available employment. Our volunteers are also ready to help introduce participants to other area services that may be of service. The resource center is open during our food pantry hours, but also by request.
The Pax Center is a food-providing organization in downtown LaPorte. It was birthed in 2015 when a generous donor gave State Street Community Church a former bar and nightclub. The Pax Center now houses multiple community service initiatives. With nearly 2,500 square feet of renovated space and a focused-but-growing mission, the Pax Center’s mission is to help feed the hungry, love the lonely, and increase the capacity to care in LaPorte. The Jackson Street Community Garden is maintained by the Pax Center to help create sustainable and healthier eating alternatives in economically challenged areas and bring education to the next generation about gardening and healthy eating habits.