(BELLEVILLE, IL) – In recognition of February being National Canned Food Month, HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois recently teamed up with several local organizations to “Cram the Car” with non-perishable food items for Catholic Urban Programs out of East St. Louis. The food drive effort by these organizations collected 770 pounds for Catholic Urban Programs alone, and filled an entire Home Care car with canned goods and other non-perishable items. The food drive was also carried out through the other communities HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois services, and in total, 2,810 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected across all of Southern Illinois.
 
“Thanks to the generous contributions of  these community organizations and members, this ‘Cram the Car’ food drive was a success,” said Ethan Beck, HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois Outreach Representative. “The food we were able to collect was much appreciated by Catholic Urban Programs, and will be used to help families and individuals in the area.”
 
Beck extended his gratitude to the following organizations for teaming up with HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois in making this food drive a success:

  • Oliver C. Joseph Chrysler Dodge Jeep

  • Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation

  • Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

  • Cedar Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lebanon Illinois

HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois serves the communities of 27 counties across the state of Illinois. For more information about HSHS Home Care and Hospice, visit their web sites at www.hshshomecare.org or www.hshshospice.org. HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois, under the auspices of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.
 
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Photo Caption: HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois recently teamed up with several local organizations to “Cram the Car” with non-perishable food items for Catholic Urban Programs out of East St. Louis.  The food drive effort by these organizations collected 770 pounds, filling an entire Home Care car full of food. Shown donating to Catholic Urban Programs’ food donation is (left to right): Andrew Wilmes, Outreach Representative for HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois; Melissa Monte, Marketing Director for Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Rhonda Herring, Administrative Assistant and Site Coordinator for Catholic Urban Programs; Julie Ohnesorge, Hospice Manager for HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois; Jifi Jacob, Administrator for Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; and Gerri Isenberg, Administrator for Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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HSHS Illinois
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