Peapod to Cater Turkey Day Feasts for Chicago Fire Fighters, Needy Families

This Thanksgiving, online grocer Peapod will give away $6,000 worth of celebratory dinners to Chicago fire fighters. In concert with the Chicago Fire Fighters Union, Skokie, Ill.-based Peapod will donate the meals to 20 fire houses, at a cost of $250 per house, Each house will also receive an additional $50 to purchase a holiday dinner for a needy area family.

“We know how hard our local fire fighters work, and we just want to say thank-you for a job well done,” said Peapod general manager Scott DeGraeve. “We also know that fire fighters have first-hand knowledge of families who have suffered losses and aren't in a position to prepare a holiday feast this year. By delivering a fully cooked Thanksgiving meal to these families, the fire fighters have a chance to take the spirit of giving one step further.”

Families chosen by the fire houses will get the e-grocer’s heat-and-serve Holiday Turkey Breast Dinner, a complete Thanksgiving feast for four to six people that has a $45.99 value. The dinner consists of an Oven-Baked Turkey Breast, Wildfire Classic Stuffing, Wildfire Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Almondine with Roasted Shallots, Homemade Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, Kings Hawaiian Dinner Rolls and Homemade Pumpkin Pie.

Added Tim O'Brien, director of public relations for the Chicago’s Fire Fighters Union: “Chicago Fire Fighters Union witnesses on a daily basis the negative effects this economy has had on the citizens and will proudly find families in need and deliver the Thanksgiving feast to them.”

A wholly owned subsidiary of Amsterdam-based Royal Ahold, Peapod is present in 24 U.S. markets in communities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey.

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