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Doing The Most to Fight Hunger

Every day, The Salvation Army helps cure hunger by providing nutritious meals to neighbors in need.

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To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, most programs at The Salvation Army DeKalb Corps Community Center are closed until further notice. Modified programs and services may still be available. Our food pantry remains open but as a drive-through service with prepackaged boxes delivered curbside, and clients can receive food once a week (instead of the previous once a month). For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at (815) 756-4308.

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59% of people seeking food assistance choose between paying for food and paying rent or mortgage.

Each night in the U.S., 17.4 million families go to bed hungry. An additional 6.9 million families experience very low food security. That means they don't always know where their next meal is coming from.

"I'm thankful for the fresh food pantry. My family gets a meal every night with fresh produce."

Families should not have to choose between healthy food and paying rent. The Salvation Army provides more than 156,000 nutritious meals for seniors, children and families in the U.S. every day.

The Salvation Army fights hunger in our community through: 

Food Pantry
The Salvation Army food boxes may include shelf-stable pantry items, breads, cereals, meat and other household necessities. The pantry is open the Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - Noon, and Thursday 5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help in the food pantry. To volunteer, call 815.756.4308, ext. 4311, or click here to apply online.

Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs
The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Corps Community Center at 815-756-4308, find a location near you, or learn more online

Meals at Shelters, Facilities & Other Programs
The Salvation Army provides nutritious meals each day for families staying at our shelters, in residential programs, and children enrolled in the Head Start/Early Head Start and camp programs. Most after-school programs also provide a healthy snack.

Holiday Meals
The Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for families unable to create a special meal themselves. We host homemade dinners at our facility and provide a Christmas dinner box to struggling families.   

How You and Your Family Can Help
Homelessness is an issue plaguing cities and neighborhoods across the country. Here are some ideas for how to talk with your children about homelessness, how you can help fight poverty, and what you can do to make an impact in your community.

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