Merrillville Texas Corral serves free Christmas dinner to individuals and families in need on Christmas Day

Merrillville Texas Corral serves free Christmas dinner  to individuals and families in need on Christmas Day
By: Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Last Updated: December 26, 2019

Texas Corral restaurant in Merrillville hosted its 4th Annual Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, December 25, providing nearly 1,000 free holiday meals to individuals and families in need across the Region. General Manager Craig Carnagey, in coordination with the Texas Corral organization, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, and other community partners, hoped to spread cheer and goodwill to the many folks struggling with hunger and other challenging circumstances this holiday season. The Christmas dinner was served between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and was open to any individual or family in need of a warm meal at no cost.

“The holiday season invokes feelings of togetherness and celebration with friends and family,” said Carnagey. “But for people in our community struggling to make ends meet, many are not able to experience all that the holidays have to offer. We want to open our doors and share the holidays with individuals and families in need — those who are hungry, homeless, or might otherwise spend Christmas alone.”

In lieu of the regular Texas Corral menu, the Merrillville restaurant offered turkey and ham dinners, traditional holiday side items, desserts and drinks. Many restaurant staff and community members volunteered their time on Christmas day to help serve meals and share the holiday with those in need.

Texas Corral locations across Northwest Indiana have also been holding a month-long toy drive leading up to the Christmas Day meal. Santa was onsite all day to hand out toys and presents to all children attending the Christmas Day meal with their families.

“One in six people struggle with hunger in our community year-round, and the added stress and financial obligations of the holiday season can make this time of year even more difficult for many of the families we serve,” said Victor A. Garcia, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “It’s wonderful to see the community come together to provide this meaningful and generous opportunity for our neighbors in need.”

The Christmas meal is made possible by the generosity and support of several community partners and organizations, including the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Suncrest Christian Church, The Higginbotham Family, Hobart Assembly Church, Bruss Steak company, Wolverine, Woodward Law Offices, Midland Metal, Alpha Baking, US Foods, GFS, American Foods, Quality Impressions, Midwest Auto Care & Transmission, Suzie’s Café in Valparaiso, Designer Desserts, Rise’n Roll Bakery, Edward Don & Company, and Pepsi-Cola.


About Texas Corral

Texas Corral Grill & Saloon was established in 1996 and has expanded into a regional chain throughout Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. Welcoming and family friendly, Texas Corral offers a wide selection of great tasting reasonably priced food in a casual, fun atmosphere. Texas Corral is focused on total dining experiences by providing its guests with quality food, exceptional service and great value.

Texas Corral believes in helping the communities it serves while embracing support and involvement. For more information, please visit the company website at

About the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has the been leading the fight against hunger in the Region since 1982.  The Food Bank distributes nearly 5 million meals annually to children, seniors, individuals, and families in Lake and Porter Counties through more than 100+ partner agencies, Mobile Market Distributions, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors, and the BackPack program.  Visit to learn more and join the fight against hunger in Northwest Indiana.