The Salvation Army Providing Meals to Chicago TSA During Government Shutdown

Jan 18, 2019 | by Jackie Rachev

(CHICAGO, 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.

“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.”


O’Hare Airport:

  • Meals will be served 7 – 9 a.m. and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Bag meals will be available for the third-shift staff. 900 – 1,000 hot meals are expected to be served every day
  • Meals will be distributed in the Lower Level break rooms at terminals 2 and 5 5 Salvation Army staff/volunteers will serve per shift

Midway Airport:

  • Meals will be served 6 – 9 a.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. Bag meals will be available for the third-shift staff. 400 hot meals are expected to be served every day
  • Meals will be distributed in the break room L3
  • 3 Salvation Army staff/volunteers will serve per shift


About The Salvation Army 
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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