Wednesday, April 10, 2013

HSP Gets Ready to Feed the Kids

While it is not particularly warm outside, HSP is already thinking about summer, specifically our summertime program, Feed the Kids. Through Feed the Kids, HSP provides 100 of the neediest families in the area, with 175 lbs. of nutritious groceries, each month, during the months of June, July, and August. With over 26 tons of food distributed to needy families by this program each year, plenty of time is needed to prepare. For that reason, today, HSP rented a large truck to transport nine pallets of healthy non-perishables, like canned fruits and vegetables, soups, meal kits, etc., from Northern Illinois Food Bank to HSP’s Center. HSP wishes to thank volunteers Jeff Marker and Tom Hogan for driving the truck and making the delivery.
            While this amount of food sure seems like a lot, it is only the start of HSP’s efforts to provide needy, local children with the nutrition they need during the summertime. In order to meet the needs of the 100 impoverished families served by the program, HSP needs service-minded members of the community to get involved. Supporters can help HSP serve these families, by collecting food to contribute to the project. Among the biggest needs are items like hearty soups, peanut butter, jelly, and meal kits (like Hamburger Helper.) Financial support is also needed, to purchase fresh produce and other vitamin-rich food for each family.

            For children who rely on subsidized school lunches during the school year, the summer represents a time of insufficient access to nutrition. Through the Feed the Kids program, HSP endeavors to provide for these children. You can learn more ways to support the program at HSP’s website:

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