FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Rev. Jackson to break bread with veterans on Thanksgiving Day with sit-down dinner
Chicago, IL – In the spirit of giving, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is holding a 10:30 a.m. press conference Thursday, November 24th, at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., where he is having a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner with veterans and will distribute 400 meals to others throughout the city.
The Rainbow PUSH Thanksgiving Day Food Justice program is made possible with the partnership of Gibson’s Steakhouse which is providing 500 Thanksgiving meals. Rev. Jackson will eat with 100 veterans and share 400 other meals with veterans’ groups across the city.
“No one should be hungry in America,” said Rev. Jackson, “and they shouldn’t have to go to jail just to get three meals and a warm place to sleep.” Rev. Jackson said many of the detainees are “jail hawkers who are cold, and they have a lot of friends, too.”
“We are focusing on veterans,” said Bishop Grant. “These unsung heroes have served our country. Many of them are homeless, uninsured and many are left out of the opportunity of realizing quality of life institutions. We must do better.”
Rev. Jackson, who will eat with 100 veterans at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters and has organized a citywide Food Justice meal giveaway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
One hundred meals will be going to the Veterans New Beginnings, 8140 S. Racine, 100 meals to the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 4543 S. Princeton Ave., headed by Pastor Reginald W. Sharpe, Jr., and 200 meals will be going to Rev. Willie Jackson, Jr., who for the past eight years has operated a non-profit On Point & 300 Degrees Recovery Outreach program for veterans, 4448 W. Jackson.