Sheriff, Valpo schools join
By Phil Wieland NWI Times | Sunday, May 03,
VALPARAISO | The economy has shown signs of
slowing, but Christine Hisick is not slowing
her effort to collect items to stock area
The Banta neighborhood resident created
Banta Feeds and launched her first food
drive in February asking everyone to donate
just one item. She held subsequent food
drives in other neighborhoods, at the police
department, the fire department and city
hall. Starting Monday, Hisick takes her
campaign outside the city limits.
Porter County Sheriff David Lain said Hisick
recently contacted him about having a Porter
County Sheriff Shuffle food drive at the
county jail on the Ind. 49 Bypass. He was
glad to accept the offer.
"We believe in getting involved in the
community in any way we can," Lain said.
"How can you not want to support something
like this? This is for our neighbors."
A collection bin will be placed in the main
lobby of the building for employees and the
public to drop off donations. Another will
be placed in the administrative hall of the
jail where the bulk of the jail employees
can use it. Lain said the department is
encouraging anyone coming to the jail for
any reason to "put a bag of rice in your
pocket" to help the effort.
Hisick isn't stopping there. The week of May
18, the Valparaiso Schools Leading the Pack
food drive will be held in all 12 of the
"All the schools have food drives during the
year, but when Christine contacted me I
thought it would be appropriate to conduct
another one," Superintendent Michael Benway
said. "We just ask people to give what they
feel they can afford, and traditionally
people are very generous."
Also joining the effort is Marrell's Front
Door Dining, which delivers take-out food
orders for several area restaurants. For
every order the business receives, it will
make a donation to the food drive. Hisick
said the business's Manager Jen Boone called
to volunteer her help. The donations are
made at the Evelyn Bay Coffee Company, 3800
N. Calumet Ave.
Evelyn Bay's owner began collecting food to
help Banta Feeds in early April, and Hisick
said one container already was filled and
the owner asked for another. Hisick said
Mayor Jon Costas also donated $200 to Banta
More information about the food drives is on
Hisick's Web site,