Valpo businesses band together for food drive
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent November 29, 2012 11:10AM
Updated: January 1, 2013 6:24AM
VALPARAISO — Several businesses and restaurants have come together for a food drive for Housing Opportunities.
Diners who visit the eight downtown restaurants that comprise the Valpo Dining Group, as well as customers at Jano Bicycles and Grieger’s Motor Sales, have the opportunity to make a $5 donation and sign a giant Christmas card.
The drive, dubbed Do Right, continues through Christmas, said Brad Hallal, new car sales manager for Grieger’s.
“Last year, we tried to do a canned food drive but we didn’t get a lot of response,” Hallal said. “We thought we would change it up, and we have a good partnership with Valpo Dining.”
Downtown restaurants and businesses participating in the Do Right can drive include Pikk’s, Bistro 157, Silver Spoon, Paparazzi, Margaritas, Valley, Bon Femme, don Quijote, and Jano Bicycles, as well as Grieger’s, 1756 W. U.S. 30.
Hallal said the plan is to pool donations, find out what Housing Opportunities needs, and buy it. The items will be delivered to Housing Opportunities, a not-for-profit that offers temporary low-income housing and a homeless shelter, before New Year’s.
“Now, we have the opportunity with the bulk buying power of the restaurants, to buy canned goods, non-perishables, paper goods, and whatever they need,” Hallal said.