Volunteers help The Salvation Army pack Christmas food boxes for those in need

Dec 5, 2023

Salvation Army staff and volunteers spent the week packing more than 12,000 Christmas food boxes that will help many of our neighbors in need this holiday season.

On Tuesday, December 5th, Chicago Bears players Bill Murray, Roy Mbaeteka, and Robert Burns, along with Elk Grove High School athletes and other corporate volunteers, helped get the week started packing boxes with green beans, sweet potatoes, fruit mix, mac and cheese, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and dessert at The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Headquarters in Elk Grove Village.

The boxes are then distributed to those in need at Salvation Army Corps community centers across Chicagoland; a frozen turkey, chicken, or ham is included.

Each group of volunteers packed approximately 1,200 boxes in assembly line fashion at the 48,000-square-foot EDS warehouse.

Volunteers from the Chicago Bears, Elk Grove High School, Capital One, Huntington Bank, Topco Associates, Zürich Insurance, T-Mobile, and Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp make the five-day effort possible.

This holiday season, many of our neighbors here in Chicago continue to struggle with the ongoing impacts of inflation, eviction, and job loss. One in eight people are expected to experience food insecurity this year.

The Salvation Army is committed to providing those in need a holiday meal they can enjoy at home.

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