The Salvation Army Staff and Volunteers Pack Nearly 12,000 Food Boxes for the Holidays

Dec 9, 2022

Salvation Army staff and local volunteers spent the week of December 5th packing nearly 12,000 Salvation Army Christmas food boxes to help families in need this holiday season. Hundreds of volunteers spent ten shifts over five days packing corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, fruit mix, mac and cheese, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and dessert at The Salvation Army Disaster Services Headquarters in Elk Grove Village. Turkey, ham, and chicken will be provided as the main entrée for families in need.

Each group of volunteers packed 1,200 boxes on an assembly line in the 48,000-square-foot EDS warehouse. The five-day effort is made possible by volunteers from Capital One, Huntington Bank, Topco, Zurich, Sprint T-Mobile, and Hope Community Church.

The boxes will be distributed to Salvation Army’s corps community centers throughout Chicagoland.

This holiday season, many of our neighbors continue to struggle with the ongoing impacts of inflation, the pandemic, eviction, and job loss. Thirty-four million Americans are currently food insecure, and there’s been a 21% increase in food insecurity since 2021 and a 30% increase in homelessness. In Illinois, more than one million people face hunger – with about one-third being children.

The Salvation Army is committed to providing love and service to those in need of a warm and festive holiday meal they can enjoy at home.

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