Hilltop Village Food Pantry-Alden

posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

“Most people don’t know that this pantry started as a one-room shop in City Hall,” said Betty Thomas, one of the many volunteers that can be found at the Hilltop Village Food Pantry in Alden. “That was nearly 30 years ago and the pantry served 3 families. Today we’re in a new building and serving nearly 150 individuals every month. It’s just incredible how much we’ve grown.”

With eight consistent volunteers that run the pantry, the ladies in Alden quite literally have a lot on their plate as they take a stance against food insecurity in their community. “Our efforts are focused on serving the Alden School District. We open our doors three days a week and people can come in to pick up items they need,” explained Betty. “We offer the regular items like canned goods, bread and meat, but we also stock our shelves with helpful household items like laundry detergent, toothbrushes and soap. Each family gets what they need based on the size of their household. We try to make it as fair as possible.”

As our Haul Out Hunger team stocked the freezers at Hilltop Village with more than 72 fresh pork loins, Betty and one of the other volunteers that was present, Bea Abbas, stood back in awe. “We are just so grateful for this donation,” said Bea. “I think it’s so wonderful that you have young people out here helping and making an impact on these small communities. You really should be so proud of what you’re doing. Our families rely on us and this donation and without it, would more than likely go without meat. So thank you for this, it means so much.”

Thank you to Betty, Bea and the other volunteers that weren’t present today that selflessly give their time and efforts to running the Hilltop Village Food Pantry in Alden. We are so proud to work with you year-after-year and to help keep your freezers as full as possible. #HaulOutHunger #BillionPlus