Senior Citizen Project
Every month of the year, fresh, wholesome, nutritious groceries are delivered directly to the elderly in DuPage and Kane counties to alleviate the suffering and hardships that poverty brings.
Why does the project exist?
The elderly population is extremely vulnerable, as they are often living on a limited income; unfortunately, they must often choose between paying for rent, medicine, medical expenses, or groceries. The average income of our seniors is $940, which is primarily from Social Security. Seniors have little to no family support, lack of transportation, and they face serious medical issues, so they are often limited in mobility or homebound. Food insecurity is a large challenge for many seniors, as they cannot afford groceries and often have no way of traveling to a grocery store to shop.
What is the goal of the Project?
The goal of this project is to help eliminate the persistence of pain, fear, and worry that senior citizens living in poverty experience. Our mission is to ensure our seniors’ basic needs are met, and we do this by delivering 90 – 100 pounds of groceries directly to their homes on a monthly basis. This grocery package contains the following:
- 15 assorted fresh fruits and vegetables
- 7 packages of meat
- 3-5 loaves of bread
- 6 bags of non-perishables
We also deliver toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, hygiene products, and wonderful Secret Pal gifts that are donated by generous volunteers. Our seniors also receive pet food for their animals and a wonderful cupcake on their birthdays.
HSP is also able to refer our seniors to Lenscrafters’ Gift of Sight Program, where they receive a free eye exam and pair of new glasses annually. Our "adopted" seniors also receive help from us whenever possible with special requests. We reach out to our friends in the community when our seniors have a need for larger items such as vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, lift chairs, wheelchairs, and walkers.
How are seniors referred to HSP?
The seniors are referred by DuPage County Senior Services, Catholic Charities, area townships, and other social service agencies to identify low-income seniors who are struggling and would benefit from nutritional support. Once a senior is enrolled into the project, they are in the program for the rest of their life unless they move into assisted living or out of our service area.
If you are, or know, a senior that could benefit from this program the requirements are that each senior lives in HSP's service area and has an income at, or below, 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Please note, because our program is always operated at 100% capacity the waiting list for the program can be quite lengthy. Case workers can assist seniors in filling out and submitting the form at the end of this paragraph. A senior without a case worker may still submit an application, but we ask that they also submit proof of income. Please contact hsp with questions:630-221-8340.
Click here for the application form.
How does the Project make a difference in the lives of our seniors?
We receive calls from our seniors regularly, letting us know how much they appreciate the groceries we provide to them. They are not only grateful for the food they receive, but also for the friendly people who deliver to them, their Secret Pals that provide them with gifts, and the special wishes we are able to grant them. Through the wonderful supporters of HSP, we meet their basic needs, but we also meet their emotional ones as well. Our seniors love that people care about them; they feel a connection to their community and they know if they need help, they can turn to HSP. It is a beautiful gift to be able to share your love with the elderly that have given so much to society but now need help in return.
Thank You Messages from our seniors
“My dear friends, you thoughtfulness over the year has meant so very much to me. Not the things you give, but the idea you even give thoughts to one you do not know. The deliveries of food always with a smile or even a hug. I wish there were words enough to let you know how much it has meant." ~ Mary Jo
“To Everyone at Humanitarian, I’d like to send my thanks to you for all you do for me. I have such a low income and couldn’t make it without your wonderful caring and trying to provide us with the things you do. Not only the food, but pet supplies, and all the wonderful other things you do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness. Thank you" ~ Judi