Volunteers Packing Food

Dalton Food Pantry

The Dalton Food Pantry was established in 1983 by the  Abington Ecumenical Ministerium, which is comprised of the member churches in the Abington area.

The food pantry was started as an ecumenical effort to provide a 3-day emergency supply of food to families in need in the Abingtons.  It later found the need was greater, so it moved toward a supplemental approach allowing families to come and receive food up to twice a month. The food we supply is not meant to be a complete source of food for their family,  but to supplement it.

Although many people think there is not a great need in the Abingtons, there are many more families in need then actually come to the food pantry.


All the food we supply is donated or purchased by money donated by the community. We accept all non- perishable food,  as well as,  personal products like soap,  toothpaste,  shampoo,  razors,  paper and cleaning products,  etc. Please be mindful of expiration dates when donating food. Any out of date or partially used items must be thrown away. 

Everyone at the Dalton Food Pantry is a volunteer.   Each Monday three volunteers help bag up the food for our families. They also help sort and check expiration dates on any food that has been donated. 

The Dalton United Methodist Church also provides a Clothing Closet where our families can receive donated clothing at no cost to them. The Clothing Closet is open on Monday evening during the food pantry hours of operation. 

The Dalton Food Pantry is open on Monday evening from 6 pm-7:30 pm. We are located at the Dalton United Methodist Church  at 125 S. Turnpike Road in Dalton. Anyone living in the Abington Heights  School District or the Lackawanna Trail  School District is eligible to come to the Dalton Food Pantry. 

If you feel we could be of help to provide your family with food,  please call the Dalton United Methodist Church at 570-563-1619 and leave a number where you can be reached  and someone will get back to you. Or come on Monday evening when we are open for food distribution. To register you will need to provide a current drivers license for anyone over 18 years old. For children under 18, that live with you full time, you need to provide an ACCESS Card or other form of insurance card. You also will need a current utility bill. If you are not sure of what to bring, please come in and we will help you get what you need to register.

If you wish to collect or donate food or other items, please call the church and leave a number where you can be reached and someone will get back to you. Food can be dropped off on Monday evenings from 6 pm to  7:30 pm or by appointment.