Open Access Program Director Nick Koster takes a bag of food from a volunteer on Nov. 17. More than a dozen volunteers from the youth group of the First Reformed Church of South Holland helped get meal packages organized. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Open Access provides Thanksgiving meals for 1,000 families

The holidays are a magical time filled with excess and luxury for some, but for a lot of people in the area it is a time when ongoing struggles are magnified. For those living with food insecurity, just having meals from day to day is a challenge and the idea of having a big feast with all the trimmings is out of reach.

The staff at Open Access in Homewood, with assistance from many volunteers and donors, help to lessen that burden for many families as Thanksgiving approaches. 

Open Access Program Director Nick Koster takes . . .

Winter events



  • Nanny Nikki holiday music program at Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., at 11 a.m.
  • Miracle on Martin in downtown Homewood, 3 to 6 p.m.



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