Friday the 13th will be a lucky day for Yakima Valley families in need of groceries  and other essentials.  Heritage University Enactus students will pack food boxes for 400 Yakima Valley families on Friday for distribution Saturday as part of the annual “Pantry of Hope” campaign.

The boxing will take place from noon to 3 pm in Smith Family Hall located in the Arts and Sciences Center at Heritage University in Toppenish. The boxes will contain perishable and non-perishable items and will be given to the families that participated in student-organized financial literacy events earlier this year.

To prepare for “Pantry of Hope,” Heritage Enactus students applied for corporate grants and worked with local grocery stores and businesses for food and other essentials. The students also worked with Lower Valley Credit Union to develop the financial literacy program that teaches families how to create and live on a budget.

Heritage University's provision of financial education workshops and collecting food items for the past decade has  a pantry-filler for more than 3,000 families.

The food boxes packed during “Pantry of Hope” will be picked up by the families on December 14 at several locations including Granger, Sunnyside, and Yakima. Also on December 14, select families will be picking up their boxes at Heritage as part of the “Winter Wonderland Family Event” taking place from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Dioselina Verduzco at (509) 865-0419 or, or David Mance at (509) 969-6084 or


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