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Batavia Mother's Club Foundation donates to feed hungry kids

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  • Fresh produce arranged to be distributed to needy families through the Humanitarian Service Project's Feed the Kids program on July 9.

      Fresh produce arranged to be distributed to needy families through the Humanitarian Service Project's Feed the Kids program on July 9.
    Courtesy of Humanitarian Service Project

 
Alexandria Graaff

The Batavia Mother's Club Foundation generously donated $2,000 to the Humanitarian Service Project's Feed the Kids program. The donation was made as part of the club's efforts to support local nonprofits that make life better for the children throughout the greater Fox Valley area.

In order to raise money for organizations like HSP each year, the club hosts fundraisers like the Fox Trot 5K and 10K. The foundation has donated to the Humanitarian Service Project for the last five years, helping to combat hunger in DuPage and Kane counties.

The Batavia Mother's Club Foundation focuses their philanthropic giving on improving educational opportunities for needy children by donating to nonprofits like HSP and operating clothing and gift drives during the colder months. In addition to fundraisers, the group personally raises the money through donations at their meetings. It has been an integral part of the Batavia community since 1934.

The Feed the Kids 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, seven frozen meat packages, three boxes of non-perishables, and at least four loaves of Pepperidge Farm bread. For those that are interested in helping combat hunger and need through Feed the Kids, 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 the Humanitarian Service Project. If you or someone you know may be interested in making a difference in the Kane and DuPage counties, contact hsp@humanitarianservice.org, (630) 221-8340 or visit www.humanitarianservice.org. Read the blog at humanitarianserviceproject.blogspot.com.

For more on the Batavia Mother's Club Foundation, email bmcnewmember@yahoo.com.

The Humanitarian Service Project is at 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream. Its mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering that poverty creates in seniors and children living in DuPage and Kane counties. 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, it 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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