<p>Photo courtesy Northern Illinois Food Bank<br />Ronda Walsh, from left, Brian Walsh, Abby Kaczmarek, Annie Walsh and Maureen Mitchell of Meijer were among the 150 volunteers at Northern Illinois Food Bank Saturday for the kick-off of the food bank&rsquo;s Holiday Meal Box campaign. Volunteers packed 6,800 meal boxes for hungry families.</p>

Photo courtesy Northern Illinois Food Bank
Ronda Walsh, from left, Brian Walsh, Abby Kaczmarek, Annie Walsh and Maureen Mitchell of Meijer were among the 150 volunteers at Northern Illinois Food Bank Saturday for the kick-off of the food bank’s Holiday Meal Box campaign. Volunteers packed 6,800 meal boxes for hungry families.

GENEVA --  More than 150 volunteers from Alpha Baking, Frito Lay, The Jel Sert Company, Jewel-Osco, Meijer, PepsiCo and Sam’s Club, as well as individuals and families, gathered at Northern Illinois Food Bank recently to assemble thousands of holiday meal boxes for families in need.
Cheered on by the food bank’s holiday mascot turkey, the volunteers packed boxes with stuffing and potato mixes, canned vegetables and fruits; gravy; pumpkin pie mix; gelatin; cake mix and frosting; and coffee – to create Holiday Meal Boxes that will be paired with a frozen turkey and distributed through the food bank’s partner food pantries.
More than 425,000 people across the 13 counties Northern Illinois Food Bank serves face hunger. This holiday season, the food bank will distribute more than 30,000 meal boxes, each containing enough food to feed a family of eight.
The Holiday Meal Box program is supported by The Hillshire Brands Company, Jel Sert, Jewel-Osco, The J.M. Smucker Company, Karlin Foods, and Nestlé.