By collaborating with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy, Providence Food Pantry—with our complete trust in the Providence of God—is here to serve those who are struggling in the West Terre Haute Area. With the support of the Sisters of Providence, Helping Hands and the churches of the West Vigo County area, we will be a caring community that strives to meet the needs of our clients. We will put our efforts into providing a nutritious supply of food. Our clients will be served with great respect and we will be nonjudgmental. We will provide a place filled with love, peace and justice.

A West Terre Haute family picks out an array of food at the Providence Food Pantry in West Terre Haute

About Providence Food Pantry


701 W. National Ave.
West Terre Haute, IN

Pantry hours

Every Thursday, 8-10:30 a.m.

In one of the most impoverished townships in Vigo County, in west-central Indiana, Providence Food Pantry Inc., supplies food baskets to families in need. The pantry is located at 701 W. National Ave., West Terre Haute, Ind. Providence Food Pantry serves nearly 3,000 families a year.

Providence Food Pantry, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Providence, is financed entirely by donations from church and civic groups in the area. The Sisters of Providence, the member churches in West Terre Haute (the Assembly of God, Bethany United Church of Christ, the United Church of Christ), four Methodist churches and two Catholic churches, all contribute to the maintenance of Providence Food Pantry. Several of the local schools contribute food during the course of the year. The Young Men’s Club of West Terre Haute has been a regular benefactor. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also has provided some funds.

Sister Brendan Harvey founded Providence Food Pantry in 1994. The current director is Sister Joseph Fillenwarth. Today, several Sisters of Providence, as well as dozens of lay volunteers from churches in West Terre Haute, volunteer at the pantry.

The Providence Food Pantry is a ministry in collaboration with The Connecting Link.

For more information about Providence Food Pantry, write to Sister Joseph Fillenwarth at 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876, or call 812-535-2544.

Partner churches

  • First Assembly of God
  • Bethany United Church of Christ
  • Bethesda United Methodist Church
  • Christ United Methodist Church
  • Emmanuel United Methodist Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Smith Park United Methodist Church
  • St Mark’s United Church of Christ
  • St. Mary’s Village Parish
  • Trinity Church

Partner organizations

  • Helping Hands
  • West Vigo IGA

Volunteers for Providence Food Pantry, including director Sister Joseph Fillenwarth, enjoy each other’s company as they hand out food to local people in need.

Here’s how you can help!

We need you!

In 1994-95, 1,205 families and 3,155 individuals were served in West Terre Haute.

In 2011-12, 3,161 families (9,444 individuals) were served.

And in 2015, we served 3,944 families (14,756 individuals).

These numbers show that our service must continue.

You can help! Contact Sister Joseph Fillenwarth at 812-535-2544 to learn how you can help or email her at jfillenw@spsmw.org.

Pantry wishlist

Food you can donate:

  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Cereal

Other items needed:

  • Bars of soap
  • Toilet paper

Items can be dropped off at the Pantry on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Or leave the items with our next door neighbors at Accurate Insulation.

The pantry is also in need of male volunteers who can help carry food to vehicles for clients.