Pantry on the Bluff

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
With utmost humility and respect, nourish the body and mind of all seeking help

I Need Help!

Pantry on the Bluff

Pantry on the Bluff volunteers bring groceries to client’s vehicles.

Do you need food assistance? Pantry on the Bluff is open on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Bluff Park United Methodist Church. The church is located at 733 Valley Street, Hoover, AL 35226. Clients should come to the South covered entrance for assistance. There will be greeters at the door to direct you and answer any questions you may have.

Pantry on the Bluff has partnered with Bundles of Hope to provide disposable diapers in addition to food. Diapers are distributed at the same time as our food distribution on the first Wednesday of each month.

I Want to Help!

There are many ways to get involved with the Pantry on the Bluff. Here are some of the ways that you can support this important work:

Make a donation of money, food, or diapers

Financial donations allow us to buy in bulk and buy most needed items. Financial donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made out to BPUMC with a note at the bottom “for the Food Pantry.” You may also make a financial donation online. Direct your donation to ‘Designated Funds’ in the drop-down menu and enter ‘Food Pantry’ in the comment box. Grocery item and diaper donations should be placed at designated drop off bins located near the main entrances to the church building.

Organize a food drive

As a fall service project, Girl Scout troops in the Mountain South Service Area collected non-perishable food and household items for the food pantry at Bluff Park United Methodist Church. The troop leaders brought the food to their monthly leaders meeting at the church.

As a fall service project, Girl Scout troops in the Mountain South Service Area collected non-perishable food and household items for the food pantry at Bluff Park United Methodist Church. The troop leaders brought the food to their monthly leaders meeting at the church.

Children love to get involved. This is one way they can help. Contact committee members learn which items most needed. See a list of suggested food pantry items to donate.

Volunteer your time

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Each month we need help packing grocery bags, bundling diapers, running the distribution, and restocking the pantry. If you would like to volunteer, contact Theresa Richerson theresaricherson@gmail.com.

Special gifts during the holidays or anytime.

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for family and friends, consider making a donation to The Pantry On The Bluff in a loved one’s name. Send us a donation, along with the name and address of the person you’d like to honor, and we will send them a beautiful notecard, letting them know that you’ve made a gift in their name.

Who We Are

Student volunteers packing food.

Student volunteers packing food during their summer vacation.

The Pantry On The Bluff is a volunteer run community ministry of Bluff Park United Methodist Church that provides food for those that ask. We distribute food and diapers that have been purchased and donated. Last year, the Pantry on the Bluff supplied food and diapers to more than 200 families each month. The doors were opened to all who knocked. A diverse group of people is ultimately helped: older adults, children, the working poor, single-parent families and the newly unemployed.

Our History

The Pantry on the Bluff had a humble beginning. Prior to January 2008, the food program at Bluff Park United Methodist Church (BPUMC) consisted of providing food to four or five needy families that periodically came to the church office requesting assistance. Food was distributed from a small storage closet stocked with nonperishable items donated by members of the congregation. The church Director of Senior Services was the primary “keeper of the food closet.”

For several years, the number of families requesting assistance remained somewhat constant; however, when the economy in Jefferson County began to decline in 2009, more and more families knocked on the church doors asking for help. The doors were opened to all who knocked, but the handwriting was clear — the task of feeding the hungry required much more time, money, and attention than the Director of Senior Services could provide. The need for accurate documentation, electronic data collection and storage, and a structured program was evident. A call to the congregation was issued.

In January 2009, the United Methodist Women of Bluff Park United Methodist Church, with open hearts and minds, assumed full-time responsibility for the organization and operation of a structured, ongoing food program open to individuals requesting assistance. The plight of the elderly was of particular note in that many of those seeking assistance were the primary caregivers of children living in the home.

As the ministry continued to grow, we discovered a need for diapers. Babies need 8-10 diapers a day, which can cost more than $100 each month. Disposable diapers are not covered by any government program such as SNAP or WIC. This can place a huge burden on families with young children who are struggling financially. In 2015 we partnered with Bundles of Hope to provide diapers to the families we serve through the pantry.

Pantry on the Bluff Committee

Food Pantry Committee

  • Sylvia Sumners – Chair
  • Kay Adams
  • Theresa Richerson
  • Julie Adams
  • Becky McCrary
  • Rosemary Dallam
  • Steve Lawson
  • Bob Cummings
  • Tom Duley – Ministerial Support

Purchasing of Food and Stocking:  Sylvia Sumners and Kay Adams
Packing Bags (recruiting volunteers): Julie Adams
Backpack Distribution: Julie Adams
Volunteer Recruitment and Scheduling: Theresa Richerson
Statistics and Reporting: Becky McCrary
Food Pick Up: Coordinated by John Sumners

Suggested Food Pantry Donation Items (PDF)

Poverty in Birmingham (PDF)