Founded in 1937 as Hinsdale Community Services as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, today HCS Family Services provides emergency food for people in need living in 24 communities in southeast DuPage County and far western Cook County, Illinois, where one in six children faces hunger. In addition, we also provide social service referrals.
Last year, HCS Family Services provided nearly 600,000 pounds of food – the equivalent of 500,000 meals – to men, women and children at risk of hunger in our community. More than 400 people seek our help each week.
While DuPage County is one of the wealthiest counties in Illinois, it is also home to the second largest food-insecure population in the state. Recognizing that nutrition is the foundation of good health and well-being, we believe that all of our neighbors should have access to healthy foods. Our client-choice food pantry model allows the people we serve to select the foods that best fit their dietary needs and customs.
Through our food pantries in Hinsdale and Willowbrook, HCS Family Services offers a variety of nutritious food, including produce, milk, eggs, canned and dry goods, meat, and refrigerated and frozen foods to individuals and families facing hunger. In addition to food we also provide diapers, paper goods and personal care items. HCS Family Services also provides assistance with utility bills and housing and hosts a holiday gift assistance program each year.
As a nonprofit, HCS Family Services is dependent upon the generosity of food and financial donors, and the manpower of more than 400 volunteers, to support its mission. Last year, local retail partners donated more than 400,000 pounds of food through our Food Rescue program to stock our food pantries.
HCS Family Services is a member of Northern Illinois Food Bank, part of the Feeding America network.