The Humanitarian Service Project (HSP,) of DuPage County, is participating in the Feinstein Challenge. The Feinstein Challenge is an annual, national fundraising event in which the Feinstein Foundation, a charitable foundation based in Rhode Island, distributes a total of $1 million to non-profits throughout the country devoted to eradicating hunger. This will be the 16th consecutive Feinstein Challenge. Feinstein's past annual $1 million challenges have raised over $1.5 billion for hunger-fighting charities. HSP has been participating in the foundation's annual fundraiser since 2003.
The purpose behind the Feinstein Challenge is to support communities that are already engaged in feeding the hungry. The Feinstein Foundation divides the $1 million between participating organizations across the country, to supplement money they raise from supporters in their communities. Donations of funds or non-perishable food items to HSP between March 1st and April 30th, will count towards the challenge. The more money HSP raises, the more money they will receive from the Feinstein Foundation to combat local hunger.
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The donations, from community members and the Feinstein Foundation, will go directly to funding HSP's annual Feed the Kids program. Through the Feed the Kids program HSP supplies 100 families (approximately 400 children) with 175 lbs of nutritious groceries during the summer months of June, July, and August. During the school year many of these families rely on the subsidized lunch programs, leaving them in great need of nutritious food during the summer. Each family receives 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, 3-6 boxes of non-perishables weighing 25 pounds each, 7 frozen meats, 4-6 loaves of Pepperidge Farm bread, and nutritious snacks.