08 Mar Chester, Inc. donates trucks of food to Hilltop Neighborhood House Food Pantry
By Curtis Hankins
The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on everyone, but especially organizations that are committed to helping out the neediest in their communities such as Valparaiso’s Hilltop Neighborhood House. Well known in the area as a childcare center dedicated to empowering families, they also operate a food pantry that serves anywhere from 180-300 clients a week. The pandemic increased demand and keeping their shelves stocked has been difficult.
“The food goes out as quickly as it comes in,” said Jennifer Wright, President and CEO of Hilltop. “We serve all of Valparaiso, however, about 85% of our clients have no cars. They walk or take the bus. This means the food needs to be light enough to carry by hand when walking, riding the bus, or even on a bike.”
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