Help Feed the Kids this Summer
May 21, 2015 4:59 PM - The Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) is seeking community members to support its summertime Feed the Kids program. HSP provides 100 low-income families throughout DuPage and Kane counties with nutritious groceries during the months of June, July, and August. This program exists to bridge the "nutrition gap" experienced by underprivileged children when free school meals are unavailable. 100% of the families enrolled in the program qualify for free/subsidized meals during the school year and rely on HSP's program for the 3 months their children are not in school. Feed the Kids began in 2004 by feeding 11 low-income families. This year HSP's goal is to provide 30 tons of food to 100 families, with over 400 children. Last year, HSP surveyed the families and learned that 49% of parents enrolled in the program have gone hungry before, so that their children had food to eat and in just two months of the program, 84% of parents told HSP they saw improvements in their child's health. One parent said, "I just want to say how much of a blessing HSP has been in my children's lives. I don't worry about them having enough to eat in the summer. I don't have to go hungry myself, we are able to do more activities because I know we will have food, and this, in turn, ensures that my children's lives are enriched."