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Church Helps Feed Needy Senior

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  • Groceries for the Senior Citizen Project

    Groceries for the Senior Citizen Project
    Matt McGahan

Lindsey Conger

Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia awarded Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) a $400 grant this week to be used towards co-sponsoring a needy senior in the Senior Citizen Project (SCP) by helping to provide groceries and other items needed for a healthy and hygienic lifestyle. This is the fourth year that Bethany Lutheran Church's Mission Development Committee has donated to the SCP in order to help seniors receive food and necessary supplies.

The money donated by the Mission Development Committee will be allocated towards helping needy seniors in DuPage and Kane county currently enrolled in the Senior Citizen Project. Every needy senior in the SCP will receive a selection of 15 nourishing fresh fruits and vegetables, 7 selections of frozen meats, 6 bags of non-perishable food, 3 loaves of Pepperidge Farm bread, and 2 bags of paper products (paper towels, facial tissue, and toilet paper) delivered straight to their door every month. The 121 impoverished seniors in HSP's Senior Citizen Project also receive a monthly "Secret Pal" gift, gifts at Christmas time, and much needed household items on their "wishlist." Also, every three months, the needy seniors receive a box of personal care items with their delivery including, shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, lotion, soap, and hand sanitizer. The program provides the seniors the opportunity to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, in the face of the financial and health burdens they face.

Bethany Lutheran Church's Mission Development Committee was established in 2001 in order to serve those in need, both locally and globally. The Church, led by Senior Pastor Steven Srock, awards yearly grants to groups who help "care for people in the community." The Committee tries to support groups that aid "special populations with unmet needs." Other groups that were also aided by the grant in 2013 include CASA Kane County, Hesed House, Lazarus House, and Tri-city Unemployment Group (TUG).

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:

and HSP's blog:

HSP 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.