How you can help the Pekin Chamber of Commerce feed families this Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 7:44 PM CST
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PEKIN (25 News Now) - Local businesses are uniting to make sure families are fed for the holiday in the Marigold Capitol of the World.

The Pekin Area Chamber of commerce is hosting a ‘Holiday Meal Bag’ drive, helped along by local businesses giving to the effort. Each bag is filled with holiday meal essentials like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pudding. Once bags are full, they’ll go to Pekin High School for storage in the ‘Dragon’s Closet’, a resource for students and their families. That’s where kids can pick up a meal bag to take home for free.

This is the first year the Chamber has hosted the drive, which has become a way to bring local businesses together for good.

“We don’t want to see anyone go without a meal at the holidays, and a special meal at that, so it’s exciting to bring the business community into a project like this and share their successes with those that may need it,” says Amy McCoy, the Pekin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

Even though Thanksgiving is Thursday, the drive will continue next week. If you want to get involved, you still have time to pick up a bag. Donors also have the option to give cash or a gift card to a local grocery store.

If you have any questions, you can contact Amy via email at