Lending a Helping Hand During the Holidays

Nov 27, 2019

This guest blog is written by Levy, who is partnering with The Salvation Army to provide a made-from-scratch Thanksgiving dinner for more than 2,500 Chicagoans in need. This is their third year serving The Salvation Army.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday spent with family, where everyone is seated around a table overflowing with food and describing what they’re thankful for. But who takes care of those who don’t have their family nearby, or don’t have a table to take a sit around? This question is at the heart of Levy’s desire to help feed people throughout the communities we belong to.

At Levy, we believe in helping as many people as possible enjoy a warm, home-cooked, gourmet meal on Thanksgiving Day, which is why we’ve helped feed those in need on Thanksgiving for over 20 years. This year also marks the third year of our wonderful partnership with The Salvation Army of Chicago, which we look forward to continuing for years to come.

During the week leading up to Thanksgiving, Levy chefs and volunteers prepare traditional Thanksgiving dishes, from turkeys and stuffing to cranberries and sweet potatoes, to serve over 2,500 meals to those visiting the Salvation Army Freedom Center on Thanksgiving, as well as the Chicago’s homeless community and other families in need. 

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“It’s incredible for us to be able to give back to our community in this way every year,” said Robin Rosenberg, Vice President and Chef de Cuisine for Levy. “We love being able to make a home-cooked meal and share the holiday with every guest at The Salvation Army. We want to make sure every member of our community has the best food and the best day. We put as much care into this as every meal that we cook at our venues, whether it’s Spiaggia or Wrigley Field.”

Levy volunteers also help serve 1,000 meals to the families at the Freedom Center in West Humboldt Park in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day while another 1,000 meals are delivered to homeless areas across Chicago from the Salvation Army’s mobile feeding and homeless outreach vehicles. An additional 500 meals are prepared as to-go dinners for Salvation Army clients to take home from the Freedom Center and the Domestic Violence Shelter.

"Levy brings their Michelin Star level deliciousness and puts it on a plate and serves it with as much heart as they do creativity,” said Major Nancy Powers, administrator of The Salvation Army Freedom Center. “It shows their love for all people in a way few organizations are willing to do and people respond with all their senses."

Here’s to a warm, delicious, and joyful Thanksgiving, everyone!

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