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Divine Savior Food Drive Brings Relief to Needy Seniors

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  • Divine Savior's food drive being delivered to HSP's Center.

    Divine Savior's food drive being delivered to HSP's Center.
    Humanitarian Service Project

Matthew McGahan

Last week, Divine Savior Parish in Downers Grove donated a large amount of food in order to feed needy seniors of the community. The food will be distributed to the senior citizens served by the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP,) of DuPage County. Divine Savior conducts semi-regular food drives to support HSP, as well as partnering with the non-profit to fulfill other needs in the community. Throughout their more than two decade long relationship, Divine Savior has provided Christmas gifts for needy children and seniors, personal care/hygiene products, paper products, funds, and other support to HSP.

The food collected by Divine Savior was delivered to HSP, by parish member and regular HSP volunteer Rich Patera. Patera expressed his surprise when the donated food fully stuffed his SUV. The groceries will go directly to local senior citizens served by HSP's Senior Citizen Project. The purpose of these programs is to provide for the basic and nutritional needs of needy, local seniors. HSP does so by providing monthly deliveries of 100 lbs of groceries to each of the 121 seniors in the program which include: selections of 7 fresh fruits and 8 vegetables, 7 frozen meats, 6 bags of non-perishable foods, 2 bags of paper products and personal care items.

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, 1,636 children received gifts and 150 impoverished families received three weeks of groceries, frozen meats, and fresh produce. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides monthly food deliveries of 100 pounds including fresh produce, frozen meats, non-perishables, paper products 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 program provides 100 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.

Contact the Humanitarian Service Project:

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