Food insecurity is harmful for all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical, mental and academic development, as well as impact their future economic prosperity.
There are 64 hours between Friday at 3:00 p.m. and Monday at 8:00 a.m. when a child who is living in a food-insecure home may not have access to food.
All Porter County children will have access to affordable and healthy food during these critical hours. The focus of Project 64 is to address the specific needs of low-income children and families who are considered food insecure. It is clear from local data and research that access to healthy food is a significant issue for most low-income families. Hilltop’s Project 64 van will deliver fresh and non-perishable food supplies to children and their families living in one of the many food deserts in Valparaiso, making sure all families have access to healthy food.
Hilltop’s mobile food pantry serves families living in food deserts located in Valparaiso. A food desert is defined as a food-insecure individual who lives a ½ mile or more away from a grocery store without transportation, and 10 miles or more in a rural area. This program is volunteer driven and staff supported. All food supplied comes from local area donations. If you are interested in making a donation, contact (219) 477-4222.
All food is donated from local individuals, churches, civic groups, businesses and schools. The Hilltop Food Pantry also has partnerships with Walmart, Strack and Van Til, and other local area grocers.
The food is dropped off to The Hilltop Food Pantry and the Project 64 van delivers it to families in need.
If you or your family is interested in conducting a drive for The Hilltop Food Pantry, please contact us at (219) 477-4222.