In recognition of February being National Canned Food Month, HSHS Home Care Illinois is holding their annual “Cram the Car” food drive this month for the Matthew 25 Ecumenical food pantry to help those struggling with food insecurity.

Community members are invited to “cram” a Home Care car by donating non-perishable items.  On Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., a HSHS Home Care Illinois branded car will be parked on the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese campus accepting donations. Look for the Home Care car in the far east Specialty Clinic parking lot – drive past the main entrance on Holy Cross Lane and turn left at the first parking lot past the hospital. 

Some non-perishable items that the food pantry could use are:

  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Jelly
  • Canned fruit
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cereal
  • Granola
  • Sugar free canned fruit
  • Low salt canned vegetables
  • Large boxes of oatmeal

…as well as any other non-perishable items. Canned fruits and vegetables are a good source of important nutrients. Select canned fruit that is packed in 100% juice or water and low-salt canned vegetables for a healthier lifestyle.

When donating, please check the expiration date of items and avoid donating expired goods.

For more information about the canned food drive, visit here or contact Valerie Engelbart, volunteer/bereavement coordinator for HSHS Home Care Illinois, at 217-685-0702 or email Valerie.Engelbart@hshs.org. To find out more about services offered by HSHS Home Care Illinois, visit www.hshshomecare.org.

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Ashley Gramann


HSHS Illinois
Office: 618-651-2588 or x12588
Ashley.Gramann@hshs.org

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