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700 Families Can Get Free Thanksgiving Meals In West Town This Saturday

Northwestern Settlement expects to feed around 2,800 Chicagoans with Saturday's giveaway.

Volunteers assist Northwestern Settlement's food pantry.
Sarah Frasco / Northwestern Settlement / Provided
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WEST TOWN — Northwestern Settlement, a social services organization serving Chicagoans for more than 125 years, will be giving away 700 Thanksgiving boxes this weekend.

Distribution will take place noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern Settlement, 1400 W. Augusta Blvd. Boxes are first-come, first-served. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.

This donation was made possibly by Associated Bank and Northwestern Settlement’s Winnetka Auxiliary Board. Because of the huge order, Chicago-based Catering by Michaels was able to hire more than a dozen people to package the food, Northwestern Settlement spokeswoman Sarah Frasco said.

Catering By Michaels will prepare 2,450 pounds of turkey, 1,400 pounds of potatoes and 87.5 gallons of handmade cranberry sauce. Northwestern Settlement anticipates being able to feed around 2,800 Chicagoans.

Each box serves a family of four with enough for leftovers, Frasco said.

Founded in 1891 by leaders of Northwestern University, Northwestern Settlement served the West Town community, then home to primarily German, Polish, Irish and Scandinavian immigrants. Today the nonprofit provides a variety of services to those in need.

Saturday’s giveaway is separate from the nonprofit’s food pantry, which was launched during the pandemic.

RELATED: Volunteers Needed For West Town Food Pantry At Northwestern Settlement

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