Community invited to help Cram the Car

February 23, 2023 

In recognition of February being National Canned Food Month, HSHS Home Care Illinois is holding a food drive this month for the Catholic Charities 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 Monday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a HSHS Home Care Illinois branded car will be parked in the HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital circle drive (near Ronald McDonald statue) accepting donations of items or monetary contributions.

Some non-perishable items that the food pantry could use are:
•    Boxed meals (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni) 
•    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. 

For more information about the food drive, contact Valerie Engelbart, volunteer/bereavement supervisor for HSHS Home Care Illinois, at 217-685-0702 or email To find out more about services offered by HSHS Home Care Illinois, visit

Community invited to help Cram the Car