CAROL STREAM – A senior in need may not have to spend another dime on groceries for a lifetime, thanks to a donation-matching campaign by Allured Business Media and Humanitarian Service Project.
There are many seniors living in the community who do not have enough food to eat, said Kristin Maxwell, executive director of Humanitarian Service Project in Carol Stream. The campaign is all about raising money for these seniors so they can be supported for life.
“So many of them are homebound and living on social security. After they pay rent, they don’t have money for food or toiletries,” Maxwell said. “That’s why it’s imperative we bring these items directly to them.”
More than 8,000 seniors in DuPage and Kane counties are classified as “in need,” according to Humanitarian Service Project’s website.
The campaign is designed to help create an endowment for another senior to join the organization’s Senior Citizen Project.
Through the program, the Humanitarian Service Project delivers a monthly supply of groceries to poverty-stricken seniors, including fresh vegetables and fruits, frozen meats, loaves of bread, bags of nonperishable food items and a special gift from the senior’s “secret pal.”
Enrolled seniors also receive a care package of personal care items every three months, such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, dental floss, lotion, soap and hand sanitizer.
Two seniors have been added to the project because of past successful campaigns by Allured Business Media in 2012 and 2013 that increased current enrollment to 123 seniors.
Janet Ludwig, president of Allured Business Media, said the Carol Stream media company hopes to raise that number from 123 to 124 with this year’s campaign.
“Seniors who live on $600 a month have to choose between feeding themselves or buying their medicine,” Budwick said. “This program helps them to not have to make that choice.”
Allured Business Media held garage sales the last two years to provide an endowment campaign for a senior, but this year, the company will match every dollar donated to Humanitarian Service Project, up to $7,500.
“This year they’re not in a position to run a garage sale, so they asked us to go out to the community and collect money,” Maxwell said.
During the last two campaigns, Allured Business Media and Humanitarian Service Project raised $30,000 total for two endowments, Maxwell said. This year’s goal is to raise another $15,000 endowment to support a senior for life.
The matching campaign started Aug. 18 and will continue through Oct. 17.
Founded in 1979, Humanitarian Service Project serves seniors in DuPage and Kane counties, and it also provides services for children and families in need.
Organization co-founder Floyd Kettering said the food security and nutritional value the project provides to seniors allow them to live longer.
“We want our seniors to live their life in dignity,” Kettering said. “It’s important these people have the ability to sustain themselves.”