Food & Fund Drives

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During the year, groceries items are donated to our pantry located in Hinsdale’s Memorial Building.Food donations can range from a few bags or boxes to hundreds of bags. If you or your office, school and church are interested in holding a food drive to benefit HCS, begin by giving Scott Brechtel a call at 630-323-2500 x 106. Scott can explain the procedure for dropping off food at the pantry and arrange for assistance during the drop off.  If you have a bag or a box of food, please bring the items to HCS’ office on the 2nd floor of the Memorial Building (enter on Maple Street) during regular business hours, from 8 am to 4pm and the pantry is not in session.

Call the HCS Office and talk to Scott Brechtel, our Food Pantry Manager, and he can share some tips to assist you in maximizing your effort. Scott has a planning document that outlines the steps we are suggesting you follow before, during and after your food drive. He will provide a list of the most needed food items.  Keep in mind that SNAP (food stamps) does not permit the purchasing of paper products, cleaning products, or personal care items-these items are always appreciated.

The donation guide is a helpful tool that provides suggestions that can make your drive a success.

HCS has designated drop off hours for small donations. Basically, we ask that all small deliveries take place when the pantry is not open.

Pantry hours are:
Monday and Wednesday- 8:00am to 10:00am
Friday evening- 3:30pm to 6:00pm

For larger donations, Scott can arrange for a convenient time to come to the pantry. He also can arrange to have volunteer helpers for very large donations.

HCS CAN’T accept the following:

  • Food in rusty, severely damaged or unlabeled containers.
  • Prescription medical supplements
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Prepared foods that are unpackaged
  • Food that does not have a sealed wrapper such as cakes or open pastries
  • Expired food
  • Re-packaged foods.

HCS CAN accept the following:

  • Condiments
  • Pasta, rice, cereal
  • Canned or boxed meat, soups, cheese, tuna, chicken
  • Paper products, such a paper towels and disposable personal items
  • Household cleaning products
  • Diapers (all sizes)and wipes
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Baby foods

If you have thought that an item is inappropriate, please call Scott at 630-323-2500 Ext 106

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  • Meat and frozen products should be stored at 0°F or less while awaiting pickup
  • Under no circumstances can these product be stored in excess of 41°F

Non-Acceptable Conditions

  • Food kept in the danger zone more than two hours
  • Non-food grade packaging in direct contact with food
  • Damaged or compromised packaging resulting in discoloration of product
  • Defrosted product or product with severe freezer burn