Feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving Day

The Salvation Army will be bringing hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners to Chicago homeless and hungry, driving its special mobile outreach unit to five different locations throughout the city where people regularly line up to receive hot, nutritious meals from Salvation Army outreach workers.  Tables will be positioned at each location and volunteers will serve special Thanksgiving meals to more than 300 people. A second unit will visit 22 sites with the same meal and is expected to serve 500 meals for a total of 800 meals to the homeless.

The Salvation Army’s Mobile Outreach Unit is fully staffed by mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation specialists which enables the Army to provide immediate assistance, on-the-spot, to any individual who wants to escape his or her life on the street and is willing to accept help. Since 2009, 1,636 individuals, and 173 families have been provided immediate intervention services through the Mobile Outreach Unit.

WHEN:           Thursday, November 28, 2013

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:    The Mobile Outreach Unit departs daily from:

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center

1515 W. Monroe Street

The unit five stops a day in Uptown, Humboldt Park, the

West Side and Downtown.

CONTACT:    Call Captain Merrill Powers at 312-388-6738 for the location of the Mobile Outreach Unit on Thanksgiving Day.

The HarborLightCenter expects to serve about 1,200 meals on Thanksgiving Day. Of those, 500 will be served at the center as a sit-down dinner, with center-based Mobile Feeding Units delivering another 800 meals to homeless people at various locations throughout Chicago.

Englewood Corps Red Shield Center

Thanksgiving Day Dinner

WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 2013

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

**Cooking and prep begins at 7 a.m.

WHERE: 945 W. 69th Street

ON-SITE CONTACT: Lieutenants Corey and Nikki Hughes, 773-331-6095

The EnglewoodCorpsRedShieldCenter will host 500 individuals and families for their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.  This meal is generously sponsored by the Cheesecake Factory.


Midwest Corps Community Center

Thanksgiving Day Dinner

WHEN:  Thursday, November 28, 2013

12 – 3 p.m.

WHERE:  20 S. Campbell Ave.

ON-SITE CONTACT: Lieutenant LeOtis Brooks, 773-850-7150

The Midwest Corps Community Center will host 250 individuals and families for their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.

This holiday season volunteer staff from The Cheesecake Factory® will join together to host the 12th annual Thanksgiving Day Feast at Salvation Army locations across the country.  Thousands of staff volunteers from the restaurants in Chicago will prepare a full-service, sit-down meal that includes freshly roasted turkey with all the trimmings and The Cheesecake Factory’s famous seasonal Pumpkin Cheesecake.  Tickets to the annual Thanksgiving Day Feast have been distributed in advance.

The Chicago event is part of The Cheesecake Factory’s annual, nationwide Thanksgiving Day Feast, involving more than 3,000 staff volunteers serving holiday meals for more than 6,000 low-income individuals and families from around the country. The Cheesecake Factory’s Thanksgiving Day Feast will be held at Salvation Army locations in 13 cities, including Anaheim, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Long Island, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

WHEN: November 28, 2013

                        11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Salvation Army Red Shield Center

                        945 W. 69th Street, Chicago

*On-Site Contact: Lieutenants Corey and Nikki Hughes, 773-331-6095


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