For most people, the holiday season represents time with family and friends - and great tasting, home-cooked meals. Unfortunately, that isn’t a reality for many families and individuals in food-insecure communities.
Throughout the United States, more than 42 million people face hunger every day. When the pandemic hit, the food insecure communities were hit hardest, with an estimated additional 12 million people not knowing where their next meal will come from.
This holiday season, Nelson Westerberg, a moving and storage company, and Top Box Foods, a non-profit that offers a variety of different healthy foods at affordable prices, recognized this need and partnered together to deliver 23,500lbs, equalling nearly 20,000 meals , of pre-made boxed meals to five food banks and food pantries in the Chicago area.
These boxed meals consisted of a 3-3.5lb whole chicken, a box of produce including 5 lbs of russet potatoes, 1 lb of carrots, 2 medium yellow onions, 2 collard greens, 4 sweet potatoes, and free T-shirts.
This isn’t Nelson Westerberg’s first Top Box Foods delivery. In April of 2021, they delivered about 5,000 meals from Top Box Foods to a local apartment complex. Since Nelson Westerberg joined Move For Hunger’s network in 2012, their entire company has helped transport more than 650,000lbs of food (almost 550,000 meals) to food-insecure communities.
We’re beyond thankful for Top Box Foods and Nelson Westerberg and their continuing impact on the fight against hunger. If you’d like to learn more about joining our network, check out our Join the Network page!