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Winfield Lions donate $1,500 to feed the needy

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Ashley Jones

The Winfield Lion's Club recently donated $1,500 to the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) to provide hunger relief for the needy of the community. The donation was split between two of HSP's programs, $800 of the money was donated to HSP's Senior Citizen Project to sponsor a needy senior and the other $700 was donated to HSP's Feed the Kids Project. The Winfield Lion's Club has been supporting HSP since 1994, and involved in supporting a needy senior through sponsorship since 2007. HSP provides much needed relief, year round, through the Senior Citizen Project to 121 needy senior citizens living in DuPage and Kane Counties. HSP provides 121 impoverished seniors in the Senior Citizen Project with monthly deliveries of 100 lbs. of groceries, consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats, non-perishables and Pepperidge Farm bread, as well as, personal care items and paper products. The seniors also receive a monthly "Secret Pal" gift, gifts at Christmas time, and other much needed items on their "wish list".

The $700 will be used in HSP's Feed the Kids Project which benefits 100 low income families with 360 children during the months of June, July and August. These children, who receive the majority of their daily nutrients from federally subsidized meals at school through the School Breakfast Program and National Lunch Program, experience a drastic reduction in nutrition during the summer months and often go hungry. By providing their families with a total of 575 pounds of food over the summer months, the Feed the Kids Project is able to relieve the hunger and stress that these needy children face. Each food package contains nutritious, vitamin-rich foods - 8 varieties of fresh vegetables, 7 selections of fresh fruits, 7 selections of frozen meats, Pepperidge Farm bread, three 25-pound boxes of non-perishables, and child-friendly healthy snacks.

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The Lion's Club of Winfield has provided over 50 years of service to the community to support area organizations such as the Humanitarian Service Project, the DuPage Convalescent Center, St. Mary's Food Pantry, Winfield Township General Assistance Fund and the Walter Schauer Scholarship Fund. For more information on this club visit their website at http://winfieldlions.com/default.html

Contact the Humanitarian Service Project:

hsp@humanitarianservice.org.

HSP's website: www.humanitarianservice.org and the HSP's blog: humanitarianserviceproject.blogspot.com.

HSP 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

About The Humanitarian Service Project

HSP's mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering that poverty creates in seniors and children living in DuPage and Kane Counties, Illinois. Last year during the Christmas Offering, 1,600 children received gifts and 100 impoverished families received three weeks of groceries, frozen meats, and fresh produce. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides a monthly food delivery and secret pal gifts to 121 low-income seniors. The Children's Birthday Project reaches the youngest underprivileged, making birthdays and Christmas truly memorable occasions for 900 children. Feed the Kids provides low-income families with groceries and fresh produce. HSP conducts an annual school supplies drive, which sends supplies to the DuPage Back to School Fair in addition to furnishing schools and individual children with necessary supplies.

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