Location

1100 W. Allen St,

Bloomington, IN

47403

Pantry Hours

Monday - Friday 

noon - 6 pm 

Contact

812-355-6843

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Food Pantry 

 

Location and Hours

 

1100 W. Allen St. 

Bloomington, IN

47403

 

Monday through Friday, noon-6 pm 

 

 

How The Pantry Works

 

MHC's Food Pantry is set up like a small grocery. Patrons are welcome to visit once per week and shop for groceries for their household. Patrons don’t need ID or proof of need.  All they have to do is sign in. We ask that community members meet one of our guidelines while visiting the pantry, which can be found below.

 

The pantry is stocked daily with a variety of goods. Most items in the pantry, including dry goods, bread, and produce, do not have limits - instead we ask that patrons shop for what they will use over the course of a single week. Meat and dairy items are limited to one per households. 

 

Patron Guidelines

 

To ensure our services are available to those who need them most, we ask that patrons meet at least one of the following conditions:

 

  • You are unable to meet your basic living expenses (rent, utilities, etc.) and buy food this month.

  • You qualify to receive aid from federal or state agencies, such as AFDC, food stamps, WIC, etc.

  • You have an acute or chronic illness or have been in an accident that makes it difficult or impossible to work at the present time.

  • You have lost your job within the past month.

  • You are homeless.

  • You are 55 or older.

  • There is a pregnant or nursing mother in your household.

  • You are a single parent who does not receive child support or did not receive any this month.

  • Your income falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. As of 2017 this translates to the following for a family of…

    • (1) $24,120/year or $2,010/month

    • (2) $32,480/year or $2,706/month

    • (3) $40,840/year or $3,403/month

    • (4) $49,200/year or $4,100/month

    • (5) $57,560/year or $4,796/month

    • (6) $65,920/year or $5,493/month

    • (7) $74,280/year or $6,190/month

    • (8) $82,640/year or $6,886/month
      *For each additional person add $8,360/year.

 

 

Curious How MHC Gets Food?

 

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is the largest partner agency of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, distributing over 1/3 of their food. MHC receives over 1 million pounds of food annually for a small shared maintenance charge, a tiny fraction of the retail cost of food. This important partnerships allows MHC to leverage $1 to obtain about 10 pounds of food. MHC receives additional food from private donors and food drives. We also receive thousands of pounds of fresh locally grown produce from local farmers, gardeners, and the Plant A Row for the Hungry program.

 

Want To Learn More About The Emergency Food System?

 

We recommend the following readings: 

  

Big Hunger, by Andy Fisher

Sweet Charity, by Janet Poppendeick 

It's Not a Food Desert, It's Food Apartheid, by Karen Washington 

A History of the Emergency Food System, by WhyHunger