The Salvation Army Provides Meals for TSA Workers at Chicago Airports

Jan 18, 2019

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division is providing meals for all working TSA agents for the duration of the government shutdown, during all three shifts at both O’Hare and Midway airports. Meals at O’Hare will start Friday afternoon; meals at Midway will begin Saturday morning.

“The Salvation Army has always served during times of difficulty,” said Lt. Colonel Charles Smith, Salvation Army Metropolitan Divisional Commander. “It is only appropriate that we are there to support the TSA agents who ensure that we are safe during our flights. We are honored the City of Chicago Department of Aviation has allowed us to come into the airports and serve their staff.”

Salvation Army staff and volunteers will prepare and serve hot meals for the first two shifts and provide bagged meals for the overnight crews. Typical meals include spaghetti, casseroles, burgers/hot dogs, chicken and rice, and more. Between the two airports, the Army is expected to serve approximately 1,400 meals per day.

“Of course we are here to make sure these individuals don’t have to worry about food while they’re working,” said Major David Dalberg, Director of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services in the Chicagoland area. “But we’re also here to listen if people need to talk. This can be a time of uncertainty and we want to show our appreciation for all they’re going through, and a sense of hope and better days to come.”

To support these and other Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services efforts, visit the EDS website

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