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Congregation Etz Chaim works to feed impoverished children

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  • Some of the macaroni and cheese collected by the members of Congregation Etz ChaimHumanitarian Service Project

      Some of the macaroni and cheese collected by the members of Congregation Etz ChaimHumanitarian Service Project

 
Abraham H. Park

Congregation Etz Chaim of Lombard hosted a "Mac n Cheese" drive on March 15, 2014 to help Humanitarian Service Project feed needy families through the Feed the Kids (FTK) program. Coinciding with the Jewish holiday Purim, Etz Chaim collected hundreds of boxes of Mac and Cheese which will be used to provide summertime food support to families in DuPage and Kane counties. Thanks to the aid of Etz Chaim and other community groups, HSP is able to assist 100 families by providing them with 150-175 pounds of nutritious groceries during the months of June, July, and August through FTK. Dedicated and reliable, Etz Chaim has been a faithful partner of HSP for the past decade.

HSP's FTK program provides groceries to impoverished families. During the long summer months when children do not receive federally subsidized meals from schools, the grocery packages provide necessary nutrients in the form of 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, 7 frozen meat packages, at least 3 boxes of non-perishables weighing 25–30 pounds each, and 3–5 loaves of Pepperidge Farm bread. For those that are interested in helping HSP in combating hunger and need through FTK, there are a number of different courses one can take, including sponsoring a family for $75 a month or $225 for the summer which will provide a family with groceries. You can also host a food drive in your community, school, church, or donate non-perishables directly to HSP. If you or someone you know may be interested in making a difference in the Kane and DuPage counties, HSP's contact information is listed below.

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Contact HSP:

Email: hsp@humanitarianservice.org

Telephone: 630-221-8340

Website: www.humanitarianservice.org

Blog: humanitarianserviceproject.blogspot.com.

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.

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