Food Pantry

Sometimes life gets hard: relationships break up; jobs are lost; medical emergencies drain health and energy.  If this describes you, the Glenwood Food Pantry is here to serve you and your family who are in need of assistance. Food is provided from the Second Harvest Food Bank through the generous donations of businesses and individuals throughout our city.


FREE COMMUNITY MEAL:  A free meal is offered occasionally in connection with the regular distribution (see the schedule below for exact dates). The meal is served from 5:00-6:00pm and is open to anyone who wants to attend.  It is not reserved only for Food Pantry guests.


ELIGIBILITY – Anyone in need is eligible to receive food according to the following guidelines:


RESIDENCY:  the Glenwood Food Pantry serves any qualifying resident of the city of Erie


WHAT TO BRING: When coming to the Food Pantry for the first time, please bring the following to help us assist you:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of address (such as a utility bill)
  • Proof of income is not required but you will be asked to verify that you meet the income guidelines (150% of federal poverty level)
  • If you need assistance, it is helpful to us for you to contact the church so that one of our volunteers may speak with you before you arrive.


WHEN:  The Food Bank distributes food on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 6:00-7:00pm. Please note that those dates do change occasionally due to federal/state holidays.


The distribution schedule for 2017 is:

January 9, 23

February 6, 20

March 6, 20

Apr. 3, 17

May 1, 15

June 5, 19

July 3, 17

August 7, 21

September 11

October 2, 16

November 6, 20

December 4, 18


WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT:  On your first visit, you will be asked to complete some paperwork related to eligibility for assistance and for the use of our Food Pantry volunteers.  Newcomers are encouraged to go to the registration table in the gym so that you can get the paperwork you need and to ask any questions you may have.


WORSHIP SERVICE:  As part of our mission to feed both body and spirit, we offer a time of worship each distribution night.  The service runs from 5:30-5:55pm in our downstairs social room and includes some singing, a short message from the Bible, and a time for prayer.  Participation in the worship service is purely voluntary and not a requirement to receive assistance at the Food Pantry.


second harvest

The Glenwood UMC Food Pantry is a proud partner of

the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania