The Emergency Soup Kitchen has served 7,000 meals from March 17th - May 19th.

Pressing needs right now: 

bottled water, 9" single compartment containers, and  ziplock style bags.  Everything on our list is welcomed, between  9:30 am and 1:00 pm, 

Saturday - Thursday,  First United Methodist Church

 (7th Street, between Franklin & Pine)  

Thank you all for the support and unity,  for this mission. 

Chef Erik and Team

Michigan City Emergency Soup Kitchen

Items needed


“We started Tuesday 3/17 at 35 meals, today we fed 132, and tomorrow, we are bumping up production up to 140.”  Eric Tannehill, chef and facilitator. 

 The Emergency Soup Kitchen operates in Michigan CIty  

Saturday - Thursday 12 noon - 1 pm Located in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church (on 7th Street, between Franklin and Pine)  

Friday 12 noon - 1 pm  Macedonia Baptist Church (3007 Ohio Street, Michigan City) 

  • *Prepared boxed lunches  (no ID or name needed) *Walk or Drive Up *Service is temporarily replacing the soup kitchen/community meal services *Can provide extra meals for family members and homebound individuals 

The number of people needing food assistance is bound to increase with the COVID 19 shutdown. If you have the means to help, the First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City are accepting donations SPECIFY: Emergency Soup Kitchen

The Emergency Soup Kitchen is in need of the following items: please drop off at First United Methodist Church, 121 E 7th St, between 9:30 am and 1 pm, Saturday-Thursday or other hours by contacting via email: 


Ziplock bags for sandwiches and snacks

Whole Fruits, salad mix and tomatoes 

Bottled water or canned beverages 

Bulk chips/pretzels/popcorn or individual packages

Pudding/Yogurt/Jello Cups 

Granola Bars/Brownies/Cookies 

Sliced Deli Meats and Cheeses 

Mayo, Ketchup and misc. condiment packets

Foil or paper sheets for wrapping hot sandwiches and lining boxes

Nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer and possibly masks for continuous protection of 8-10 volunteers per day

Plastic Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)

9" to go boxes (for meals), 8 oz soup cups with lids, 2 and 4 oz plastic souffle cups with lids

- Also, we could use some "on-call" emergency volunteers, as we have many participants, but have to limit to 10 or less. 

We appreciate the donations and the City working together to make things work. Thank you very much.   -Erik T.