Help Pax Center feed local residents in need

The Pax Center invites La Porte County to help keep people well fed and well loved by donating on GivingTuesday Dec. 1.

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing people’s and organizations’ power to transform their communities and their world.

The Pax Center is a local food-providing organization in downtown La Porte committed to engaging the negative impacts of poverty, hunger and loneliness in La Porte County. The needs during COVID-19 have been significant, but the Pax Center continues to operate with the same sense of care and mission that motivated its inception in 2015.

The Pax Center serves thousands of La Porte County residents through the food pantries, community meals, clothes closet, resource center, gardens, and green space. The Jackson Street Community Garden is now in its fifth year of operation, providing dozens of community garden plots and thousands of dollars worth of nutritious investment into La Porte each year.

In 2020, the Pax Center made significant progress on the Brighton Street Green Space, a community development partnership with other community donors and partners. Located at the spot of the former Lenick’s Dairy, the Brighton Street Green Space features an Educational Resource Center, fruit trees, builders space, and plenty of garden space for community members. Starting in 2021, gardening mentorships and nutrition classes will begin as well as other community-related events and opportunities.

Nate Loucks, CEO and President of the Pax Center, says, “2020 has been hard on most people in La Porte County. It’s been our mission that no one in our county suffers from hunger throughout these difficult days. While procedures and habits have changed, our ability to keep people well fed and well loved has remained constant. It’s been a year to remind us that communities succeed more when we all work together for the common good.”

Those interested in joining The Pax Center’s GivingTuesday initiative can visit thepaxcenter.com/givingtuesday. All donations given to the Pax Center are tax-deductible. Also, follow GivingTuesday updates on The Pax Center’s Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/thepaxcenter), Twitter (@thepaxcenter), and Instagram (@thepaxcenter).

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