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1,212 lbs of Food Collected For Needy Seniors

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  • The food from Benet being delivered to HSP.

    The food from Benet being delivered to HSP.
    Humanitarian Service Project

Matthew McGahan

The students and faculty of Benet Academy in Lisle, recently ran a food drive, collecting 1,212 pounds of non-perishables for needy senior citizens. This food was donated to the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP,) which supports 121 needy senior citizens through its Senior Citizen Project. The food drive was a school-wide event, spearheaded by Jackie Bedore and other teachers at the school. The teachers offered their students extra credit points for bringing in non-perishable items to give to seniors. The students responded to the drive with enthusiasm, bringing in pound after pound of food. The drive proved so popular that the collected items covered the floor and seats of one the school's buses as it was delivered to HSP's Center in Carol Stream. The Academy, founded in 1887, stresses the importance of service to its students as one of the school's core principles. Benet has been partnering with HSP for 15 years to provide assistance to needy seniors and children in the area.

The groceries collected for the Humanitarian Service Project will go directly to local senior citizens served by HSP's Senior Citizen Project. The purpose of this program is to alleviate the negative physical and psychological effects poverty brings to impoverished 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:

HSP's website:

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HSP 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.