Northern Illinois Food Bank kicks off holiday meal box program

GENEVA – The Northern Illinois Food Bank will kick off its annual holiday meal box program with an event that will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the food bank, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva.

According to a news release issued by the food bank, more than 100 volunteers will come together to assemble thousands of boxes of food, which will include stuffing, potato mixes, canned vegetables and fruits, gravy, pumpkin pie mix, gelatin, cake mix, frosting and coffee – and then those boxes will be paired with a frozen turkey.

Each box will provide a meal for as many as eight people.

The boxes then will be distributed at the food bank’s partner pantries to families in need, the release stated.

The Holiday Meal Box program is supported by the Hillshire Brands Company, Jewel-Osco, J.M. Smucker Company, Karlin Foods and Nestle, according to the
release.

“Volunteers delight in the camaraderie of packing boxes for hungry neighbors in a festive environment, while being encouraged by the food bank’s turkey mascot,” the release stated.

Over the course of six weeks, volunteers will pack more than 30,000 holiday meal boxes for distribution to families in northern Illinois.

The food bank also is calling for donations – and $30 will provide a meal box. To donate, visit www.solvehungertoday.org.

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