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 'Hungry' is no way to spend childhood.

Doing The Most to Fight Hunger

The Salvation Army helps cure hunger daily by providing nutritious meals to anyone in need.

To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, programs and services at The Salvation Army Lake County Area Command are modifed until further notice.Our Food Pantry is extending hours, opening Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at 219-838-0380 or find a location near you.

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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.

The Salvation Army provides an average of 156,000 meals every single day across the U.S.

Every day we're providing meals to children in Head Start programs, families in shelters, people living on the streets, and struggling neighbors who are unsure of where their next meal will come from. In addition to addressing the immediate symptoms of food insecurity, our programs are designed to help identify and treat its root cause.

Hunger is curable. You can help.

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The Salvation Army helps cure hunger in our community through:

Food Pantry

The Salvation Army hosts food pantries in the Lake County area. Items provided include shelf-stable pantry foods, breads, cereals, meat, and other household necessities. At The Salvation Army Hammond-Munster Corps Community Center, the Food Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. - Noon, as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 1 - 4 p.m. At The Salvation Army East Chicago Corps Community Center, the Food Pantry is open Monday - Thursday, between 9 - 11 a.m. The Salvation Army Gary-Merrillville Corps Community Center food pantry is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please contact the Corps Community Center nearest you for the most up-to-date information.

Community Meals

The Salvation Army serves a free, nutritious meal Monday - Friday for whomever chooses to join us. On the first Friday of each month, you'll also have fresh vegetables from our community garden. Lunch is served between noon - 1 p.m. at The Salvation Army East Chicago Corps Community Center. The Salvation Army Hammond-Munster Corps Community Center provides nutritious meals for children before weekly youth programs. Supper Club is Wednesdays during the school year at 6 p.m. The Feast at The Salvation Army Gary-Merrillville Corps Community Center Tuesday night church includes dinner, worship and small group for Adults (discussion on various themes/Bible Study) & Youth (STEAM activities paired with Theme of Night).

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 us at 219-838-0380, find a location near you, or learn more online.

How You and Your Family Can Help the Homeless

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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Hunger hurts children.

20% of our nation's kids face hunger every single day.

A donation to The Salvation Army feeds children in our community. Cure Hunger now.


Hunger makes you choose.

6 of 10 people seeking food assistance must choose between buying food and paying rent.

The Salvation Army has more than 27 food pantries throughout Chicagoland, Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana that help struggling families obtain nutritious food. Fight Hunger today.


Food insecurity is everywhere

48 million Americans face the threat of hunger every day - in every county across the U.S. Thousands of hardworking families struggle to put a meal on the table.

The Salvation Army provides nutritious food for families in need. Help Struggling Families.


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Wherever there is hunger, you'll find The Salvation Army,
feeding people and meeting needs of struggling neighbors.

Watch how The Salvation Army works to feed the body and the soul.

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