hcs family services collection

HCS Family Services needs our help! As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our world and beyond, many of our hungry neighbors are struggling more than ever before and trying to figure out how to feed their families. DuPage County might be the second wealthiest county in the state, but food insecurity is still a major issue here. Before the pandemic, 6.1% of its residents were considered food insecure. That number grew to 10.1% by year’s end. As we near the half-way point in 2021, there are still hungry people reaching out for help. 

HCS steps in at this critical moment to help those in need. The demand for food assistance is up 140% since the onset of the pandemic. Recent food pantry usage for one week included 210 households, representing an estimated 840 individuals. HCS has adapted their food distribution system to a no contact, drive-thru service with locations at both Hinsdale and Willowbrook. Clients receive pre-packed bags of produce, non-perishables, meat, bread, milk, eggs and personal care products that equals one full grocery cart. If you’ve driven past the Memorial Building in Hinsdale on a Monday or Friday afternoon, you might have seen the line of cars stretching several blocks waiting their turn to receive this much needed assistance. 

For over 20 years, May has been HUMC's food pantry collection month for HCS. This year we are once again conducting an online giving campaign. Please complete the form below to make your donation. You can also make donations by check (made out to HUMC with “HCS food pantry” in the memo line, and mail to the church). Every $1.00 donated to the food pantry provides $8.00 worth of food purchased at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Last year your generosity resulted in a $2,300 donation to HCS! 

As well as monetary donations, volunteers are strategic to HCS and they wouldn’t be able to accomplish all they do without the help of so many community volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, visit their website at: https://www.hcsfamilyservices.org or call their office at 630-323-2500.