The Salvation Army’s Mobile Feeding Unit Meets People Where They Are

Every day a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit makes nearly 30 stops throughout Chicago providing a hot meal to those who are homeless or near homeless. When the canteen makes a stop, individuals can get a cup of hot soup or stew, a snack and something to drink. But that’s not all. Staff members are there to offer a smile, hearty handshake and listen to news of the day.

“The food is our calling card,” said Major Nancy Powers, officer at The Salvation Army Freedom Center – the mobile feeding unit’s home base. “But we give them more than food. We give them friendship. We show them love. And when they’re ready, we’re here to help them leave the streets.”

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Salvation Army Serves Flood Survivors at Multi-Agency Response Event

After the rivers crested and started to recede, The Salvation Army joined with other local organizations to offer support services to nearly 1,000 Lake County, Illinois, families most affected by the flood.

The Multi-Agency Response Center (MARC) provided flood survivors a one-stop location to meet with caseworkers from more than 25 agencies offering resources and information on insurance claims, home repair, obtaining furniture, food, cleaning kits and more.

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Basketball League Gives Teens and Young Adults Outlet for Competition and a Safe Haven in Chicago

Janelle Mason, Sports Manager for The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, is an experienced business professional and former collegiate athlete with years of experience in program development and program management.  She has an Masters in Management from Purdue University. 

Youth between 10 and 25 years old represent a disproportionate amount of homicide victims in Chicago. Low rates of high school graduation, high rates of joblessness and cyclical generational poverty put many young men ages 17 to 26 at risk for altercations and activities that contribute to gun violence. However, on many Saturday nights The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center’s Late Nite Flight basketball league offers relief and a safe space for its 120 participants.

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Salvation Army Expands Support to Flooded Areas in Northern Illinois

The Salvation Army has expanded its service of flooded areas to include Lake and McHenry counties. Army personnel and volunteers are serving meals, snacks and beverages to first responders and volunteers filling sandbags. We’re also onsite to provide food boxes, personal care packages and clean-up kits throughout the area.

The Salvation Army has also been coordinating efforts with the Lake County Illinois Office of Emergency Management to serve those most affected by the unprecedented flooding. Residents in Lake County can visit the following locations to pick up clean-up kits, water, food boxes and hygiene kits to help in their recovery efforts. Salvation Army staff and volunteers will also be on hand to make referrals for additional support services.

Antioch Township
1625 Deep Lake Road
Lake Villa, IL 6046
Times: 9am – 4pm

Wauconda Township
505 W. Bonner Road
Wauconda, IL 60084
Times: Noon – 4pm

“This is a very hard time for many people as they deal with flood waters and the damage to their property,” said Major David Dalberg, Salvation Army Divisional Director of Emergency Disaster Services. “We want to make sure The Salvation Army is there not only to help with clean-up efforts, but also to offer emotional support.”

To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, you may make a gift online (, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check marked “Disaster Relief” to your nearest Salvation Army unit . You may also give via mobile device by texting LAKECOUNTYFLOOD to 41444. A mobile donation form will be sent to your phone.

If you wish to make a gift of household goods or clothing, please know that due to the emergency situation, we cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to