PCS Administration (USA) Inc., a unit of the PotashCorp, has announced a $20,000 donation to the Hillside Food Pantry to expand the pantry’s building and support the collection, sorting and storing of non-perishable food donations.

Brent Heimann, President of PCS Phosphate and Nitrogen, initiated the gift after attending the Woman’s Club of Evanston’s Spring Benefit for Hillside Food Pantry.

“At PotashCorp, we believe that access to healthy and nutritious food is key to the development and strength of every community,” explained Heimann. “We wanted to partner with the Hillside Food Pantry to increase both its space and capacity to make more food available to those in need.”

Maiya Lueptow, Director of Hillside Food Pantry, says the donation could not have come at a better time

“We receive so much donated food from so many people, groups and organizations, and we need a better place to collect and store it all,” Lueptow explained. “Right now we have to put all of the overflow across the parking lot in the church. We are very grateful to PotashCorp for the help it has given to our organization and the hundreds of families who rely on the Food Pantry for assistance.”

Hillside Food Pantry is an affiliate of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank. In June, Hillside served 2,270 families totaling over 8,100 people. On average, Hillside supports the food and nutrition needs of 500 families per week.

“The food needs of the unemployed, underemployed and our area families are real. PotashCorp’s investment means more than added capacity. It means more help to those who need it most,” said Faith Albano, Hillside’s Food Rescue and Distribution Coordinator.

Hillside Food Pantry distributes food to families in need on Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. There are no restrictions to access these services based on income or residency.

Top: Faith Albano, Hillside Food Rescue and Distribution Coordinator; Tom Pasztor, PotashCorp Senior Director, Corporate & Government Relations; Brent Heimann, PotashCorp President, PCS Phosphate and Nitrogen, and Maiya Lueptow, Director of Hillside Food Pantry.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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