Learn more about the community you live in as we continue our exploration of Northwest Indiana this week at Hilltop Neighborhood House. Hilltop is an essential part of the community they serve, providing not only childcare for children 6 weeks to five years old, but also a kindergarten readiness program, a food pantry, and a community garden. At Hilltop, children can grow and learn in a safe environment fostering important social and academic skills.
One of Hilltop’s goals is to instill a love of learning into its children, which they are able to achieve with the help of their amazing staff. According to their website, 85% of their teaching staff have over 20 years of teaching experience with a licensed lead teacher in each classroom.
They also have a community garden where their children can learn how to grow food on their own. Some of the produce they grow also goes to benefit their food pantry.
“We are servicing up to 70 individuals or families each week.” Said Cindy Tougaw, a volunteer at the Hilltop Food Pantry. “Each week clients receive two cold bags which consist of cold cuts, milk, butter, cheese, eggs and a couple dry bags with all various canned goods and cereal and everything you need for a week.”
The food pantry is open Monday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and Thursday 9:00 – 11:30 am. With the help of volunteers, local organizations, and community donations, Hilltop is able to help feed our community.
But Hilltop doesn’t stop there. “We also do a mobile food pantry where we take out food to people that can’t get to our pantry in different residential areas, apartment complexes in Valpo.” The Director of Development Michelle Michaels explained. Hilltop goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has an opportunity to get help from their food pantry.
If you would like to donate to Hilltop or their food pantry, check out their website to find a list of their current needs, or Michelle said in her interview, “Our Food pantry always takes donations. We always need especially canned meats like spam, cereal. We also need essentials for people, diapers, paper towels, things like that.”
Phone number: 219-477-4222
Address: 460 College Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383