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THE KIDS SERVED A RECORD 116,686 MEALS THIS SUMMER!
Wauwatosa, WI (August 30, 2012) “Thank you for the lunches you
and my Auntie these past two months. It was a blessing as this was our
only meal,” wrote one youth, who gave the note to a Salvation Army
driver during the last days of Feed the Kids. The Salvation Army’s Feed
the Kids meal program, now in its 23rd year, served a record 116,686
lunches to area children this summer.
Retired Green Bay
Packer LeRoy Butler made a surprise visit and served
the last of those meals on Friday, August 24. “I used to be one of
those kids. I grew up poor in a Jacksonville, Florida projects, I know
about living in poverty and understand the importance of giving back.
The Salvation Army does great work,” said Butler, inventor of the
Photo caption: Retired Green Bay Packer
LeRoy Butler serves area children lunch at a recent Salvation Army Feed the
“The economy continues to impact many
families’ ability to meet basic
needs, even food; 40% of children in Milwaukee are living in poverty.
The Feed the Kids program is a major contributor in continuing
nutritional care throughout the summer and meeting the hunger needs of
children in the Greater Milwaukee area,” said Major Roger Ross,
Salvation Army Milwaukee County Commander.
The Salvation Army
operated the Feed the Kids program for 10 weeks from
June 19 to August 24 in collaboration with Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee
Public School District, West Allis/West Milwaukee School District,
Milwaukee Center for Independence, Boys & Girls Clubs, Social
Development Commission and Heart Love Place.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an
evangelical part of the universal Christian
church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need
in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States.
Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army
each year through the broadest array of social services that range from
providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance
for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter
to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.
Approximately 84 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those
services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.SAmilwaukee.org