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Valpo Police and Fire Donate Food to Valpo Pantries

In a friendly competition, Valpo’s Police and Fire Departments collected food for local food pantries early in April. The result was more than three truckloads of food (more than $1,300 worth)!  The food was then divided between the food pantries at Hilltop and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The food drive competition was organized by community volunteer Christine Hisick of Banta Feeds, an organization Hisick founded to help meet the needs of food pantries serving Porter County residents.

She founded Banta Feeds after reading in the newspaper about how pantries were struggling with fewer donations yet increased needs due to the loss of jobs and income. “I thought that if everyone could donate just one thing, it could make a difference,” said Hisick. Her empathy came from “my own pain,” she said. Hisick herself is a single mother of three who had previously been unemployed. To get involved in the Banta Feeds effort, or to learn more, visit

Officer Peter DeYoung of the Valparaiso Police Department; and Firefighter David Souders of the Valparaiso Fire Department are presented Certificates of Appreciation by Christine Hisick, Organizer of Banta Feeds. The Police and Fire Departments engaged in a friendly competition in sponsoring a food drive to benefit local food pantries. The effort resulted in more than three truckloads of food donated to food pantries at Hilltop and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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