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Hilltop Food Pantry flooding

Volunteers Kelly Anthony, left front, and Anne Brandt carry out food and other products from the basement of the Hilltop Food Pantry in Valparaiso where flooding was discovered.

VALPARAISO — MonoSol has donated $10,000 to help the Hilltop Food Pantry find a new home after it was driven out of its former site by the recent flooding.

"We were absolutely floored," Hilltop CEO Jennifer Wright said.

The donation is even more significant in that an anonymous donor has agreed to match all incoming donations, she said.

"The Hilltop Food Pantry is an incredible resource and our employees have great empathy for the people in our surrounding communities whose lives have been impacted by the devastating aftermath of the heavy rainfall and flooding," said P. Scott Bening, president and CEO of Kuraray/MonoSol LLC.

"I’m extremely proud of how they came together to support the organization and those it serves during this time of great need."

In just three days, MonoSol and its employees raised funds from across the company's corporate headquarters in Merrillville, its water-soluble film manufacturing plants in Portage and LaPorte and its facility in the United Kingdom.

MonoSol’s water-soluble delivery systems have revolutionized detergent and cleaning industries worldwide.

The food pantry, which feeds 600 Valparaiso residents each month, has been operating out of Heritage Hall on the Valparaiso University campus after losing half its stock in the first significant flooding event to strike the group in its five years at 554 Locust St., Wright said.

The pantry needs to find a new home by the end of May, she said.

The Valparaiso High School football team and the players' mothers are among the groups and individuals who have come forward with assistance since the flooding, Wright said. The team moved the pantry operations to Heritage Hall on Saturday.

"We're getting in more food than we lost," she said.

If there is a possible upside to the flooding, Wright said, "It brought light to the food insecure of Porter County."

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Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.