Marrell's Front Door Dining, a delivery service for local Valparaiso Restaurants, has partnered with Banta Feeds to help fight hunger in our community! For every order made through Marrell's, one non-perishable food item will be donated to families in Valparaiso who are hurting from employment loss. If customers agree to donate something to Banta Feeds themselves, Marrell's will pick it up as they deliver your order!
Christine Hisick recently initiated Banta Feeds, a program that was inspired by statistics which display the recession is hurting the amount of food donated to area food pantries at a time when more people needed their help. Created on the philosophy ‘Alone we have a pebble, but together we can build mountains,’ Hisick, 31 and the mother of three, distributed flyers to her Banta Neighborhood neighbors asking everyone to donate one canned good to the cause.Hisick figured that with 270 homes in the neighborhood, if everyone donated one thing it would be immensely helpful. She reported that many people gave a lot more than just one item; the container in front of her house was loaded with donated food.
Enough goods that she began multiple Banta Feeds drives asking residents of multiple neighborhoods at various times to donate a single item, and she hopes to hold a citywide food collection in the near future. Hisick has a box on her front porch at 404 N. Locust St. to collect the donations and asks that people drop items off between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
"If every household in the Central Neighborhood could simply give one item, we could collect enough items to help stock a food pantry."
Marrell's takes food orders Monday through Friday from 9a - 9p; Saturday from 3p - 10p; and on Sunday from 3p - 9p. Phone them at 219-531-3663.