Are you looking for a way to make a difference during this holiday season? HCS will provide traditional Thanksgiving Meal Boxes (a turkey and all the trimmings) to over 200 pantry guests this month. Every $25 donation will brighten the holiday for a family of eight. Please donate now at https://squareup.com/store/hcs-family-services-2. You may also dedicate your gift to a loved one at checkout.
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Building on the success of last year’s sold-out event, the second annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue fundraiser for HCS Family Services is set for Sunday, Nov. 3, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Community House in Hinsdale.
The event promises fun for the whole family and will feature barbecue from Sweet Baby Rays, brews from Motor Row Brewery, and the music of The Original Chicago Blues All-Stars.
Sponsorships are available to help defray the cost of the event so more of the proceeds go to feeding our hungry neighbors.
For sponsorship and ticket information, visit https://squareup.com/store/hcs-family-services
Generous sponsors have underwritten all event costs, so 100% of your ticket price directly funds our two food pantries.
Sara Clarkson from Pioneer Press stopped by recently and wrote a wonderful article about how we serve the Hinsdale area.
Here’s a snippet of what she had to say:
I was impressed. Attractive shelving held baskets of fresh fruits and vegetables. In lit refrigerators were milk, eggs, cheese and yogurt. Freezers held labeled packages of meat.
There was a whole section for rice and beans and pasta, and another section with some treats, doughnuts, cookies and the like, but the colorful fruits and vegetables and the inviting and functional layout of the food pantry — yes, food pantry — in the basement of Hinsdale’s Memorial Building was impressive.
Natural light flooded the space, giving it a sense of hope and purpose for the people who use it.
Ken Knutson at the Hinsdalean wrote a wonderful article about the importance of food pantries in our community.
Fifty teens came to learn how they can help raise awareness and funding for HCS Family Services while gaining valuable leadership skills.
“The dynamic and passionate 2019 – 2020 Junior Board Executive Team worked together over the summer setting their own visions and goals for the Interest Meeting and upcoming year,” said HCS Family Services Board Member Pam Garvin, noting that the exceptional turn out at the informational meeting is a prelude to what will be a very successful year for these young leaders.
The HCS Family Services Junior Board started five years ago. In that time, the group of young adults has raised significant funding for our food pantries. Last year alone, the group raised $17,500 through events and activities, such as an annual paper shredding event, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors event held at Vistro, and more.
“The Junior Board has given a refreshing young vibe to HCS Family Services, adding to their success both raising awareness and raising funds,” Garvin stated.
The group’s first event for the 2019-20 school year will be a food drive at Kramer Food Store, located at Grant Square in Hinsdale, on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The first official Junior Board meeting of the year will be held on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Building in Hinsdale. All high school students are welcome to attend.
HCS Family Services is grateful for the support of many local community organizations that provide funding and support for our services. Here are a few recent examples:
The Robert and Laurie McMahon Family Fund of the DuPage Foundation funded the purchase of 20 new shopping carts for the Hinsdale pantry to replace those that were breaking down. Our goal is to provide a comfortable shopping experience for our guests. The carts make it easy for our guests to select groceries and transport them throughout the pantry, up the elevator from our basement pantry and to their cars. Our Hinsdale pantry location is projected to serve 875 families representing approximately 3000 individuals in 2019.
We were the recipient of two generous grants for our school-based food pantry at Anne M. Jeans Elementary School. Both Community Memorial Foundation and the DuPage Human Services Grant Fund provided funding to HCS Family Services that will be used to grow the pantry by offering more nutritious foods like milk and eggs, and supporting our Food Rescue program so more food can be collected from our local retailers.
Recognizing that good nutrition is critical to the physical, intellectual and emotional development of children, HCS Family Services first established a food pantry at the elementary school in 2016.
Last year, the Anne M. Jeans Elementary School pantry made 8,390 food donations to 375 families in need.