The Salvation Army East Chicago Corps and Community Center has many ways of serving the community. However, some of their most impactful programs, particularly in the city’s time of crisis involve feeding East Chicago residents in need.


Since the lead crisis hit East Chicago, many residents have been forced out of their homes, putting them in a financial bind. The Salvation Army has offered those affected by the lead and all others in need food every day through food pantry and meal service programs.


-Our Food Pantry: The food pantry at The Salvation Army East Chicago Corps is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Perishable as well as non-perishable items are available. Recently, The Salvation Army East Chicago Corps received a matching grant from the Legacy Foundation and the Foundations of East Chicago to be used on a walk-in fridge/freezer to allow more nutritious perishable items can be offered to community members.


-Heartline Feeding Program: The Salvation Army East Chicago Corps’ feeding program brings warm, healthy meals to East Chicagoans in need Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Each day, anywhere from 80 to 150 residents benefit from this program. The new fridge/freezer will also increase the variety of food that can be offered at these community lunches.


The food for both of these programs comes from individual donations and donations from the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Both food and monetary donations to The Salvation Army East Chicago Corps are welcome at any time but are especially encouraged during times of crisis. Visit The Salvation Army website for information on how to help.


To learn more about organizations that are helping the community during this time of crisis, visit


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