|Luanne and Ryan prepare to race!|
Last week on the blog, we introduced the DuPage County Farm Bureau’s annual “Race Against Hunger” event in conjunction with National Food Check-Out Week. Today, HSP was grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of the race through the aisles of the Carol Stream Jewel-Osco supermarket. In this ten-minute race, participants aim to grab as many items containing wheat, corn, or soybeans as they can within the time period. Luanne Triolo-Newman, Executive Director of the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce, once again chose HSP to benefit from her participation in the race. This year, Luanne raced against Ryan McPherrin, the Community Relations coordinator at Community School District 93, representing the Neighborhood Food Pantry at the Lutheran Church of the Master in Carol Stream. Luanne collected 397 items in eight shopping carts for HSP! She was able to grab a lot of much-needed items like peanut butter and jelly, pasta, cereal, and more. The groceries will be used for HSP’s Senior Citizen Project and Feed the Kids Project.
By holding this event during National Food Check-Out Week, the Farm Bureau hopes to increase public awareness of local hunger needs and promote support of local food pantries. The groceries highlight crops grown by Illinois farmers. All the groceries gathered in the event have been donated to both HSP and the Neighborhood Food at the Lutheran Church of the Master Pantry by the Farm Bureau. We are excited to receive the many groceries that we will be able to use to benefit needy seniors and families in DuPage and Kane counties. Thanks, Luanne and the DuPage County Farm Bureau, for your continued support of the Humanitarian Service Project!