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Naperville Exchange Club Supports Children in Poverty

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  • Patrons at Ribfest 2013Humanitarian Service Project

    Patrons at Ribfest 2013Humanitarian Service Project

Tricia Arenz

The Exchange Club of Naperville recently donated $3,400 to the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) for the Feed the Kids (FTK) project. The club's mission is to improve the living conditions of impoverished children as well as eliminate domestic and child abuse through their national program, The Prevention of Child Abuse. The Exchange Club was officially constructed in 1987. Today they have donated over $14 million dollars to more than 50 local charities. Of those proceeds $12.5 million of their funding comes from their annual summer event, Ribfest. This donation received by HSP to feed children comes from Ribfest proceeds.

All profits from Ribfest support The Exchange Club's mission. This summer will be the 27th annual Ribfest on July 3rd through the 6th. The event is hosted at Knoch Park in central Naperville. People come to enjoy the award-winning rib vendors that come from all over the country, carnival rides and the notable music entertainment. Over the past two years artists such as Lynrd Skynrd, ZZ Top, Slash, STYX and the Steve Miller Band have played at the fest.

The club has donated to HSP for almost the last decade. Their goals to improve the standard of living for needy children couples well with our FTK initiative. The purpose of this project is to provide families groceries to feed their children during the summer months of June, July and August when subsidized or free lunches are unavailable. During the summer of 2013 nearly 400 children in 100 families received 150-175 lbs. of nutritious groceries through FTK.

Contact HSP:


Telephone: 630-221-8340



Address: 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, 840 families with 1,600 children received gifts and 150 impoverished families received three weeks of groceries, frozen meats, bread and fresh produce. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides monthly food deliveries of 100 pounds including fresh produce, frozen meats, bread, non-perishables, paper products and secret pal gifts to 123 low-income seniors. The Children's Birthday Project reaches the youngest underprivileged, making birthdays and Christmas truly memorable occasions for 925 children. Feed the Kids program provides 100 low-income families with groceries and fresh produce worth $1,500 retail in total for the summer. 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.