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Little Rock Salvation Army reducing meal service

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(KATV) Little Rock - Every day the Salvation Army makes an impact by helping people through emergency response, health services and making warm meals. But they are reducing the amount of meals they will serve on the weekends. The Little Rock location serves about 75,000 warm, healthy meals every year, but they are trimming the schedule on weekends because of funding.

To be clear, they are not completely shutting their doors on weekends, but instead of breakfast, lunch and dinner, they will only offer dinner to the public.

When you drive by the Salvation Army, there are usually hungry people, down on their luck waiting in line. They are there extra early because it is first come, first serve.

Kathy Barbeire explains, "We often run out of food before everyone has had a chance to eat so it is real heartbreaking when you see people coming through the door and you have to turn them away because you're out of food."

The public will still be welcome to get a warm meal three times a day during the week, but on weekends only dinner will be available to the public. However, breakfast and lunch will be provided to overnight guest on the weekend.

Barbeire says they can't afford to hire more staff plus general donations and funding sources are down. Each center is funded by the community and doesn't get help from the international organization. She adds, "We're hoping that through some of these cuts, we will be able to provide more meals during dinner. When we were making this decision we looked at other resources that were available in the community."

Pastor Holloway is with the Little Rock Compassion Center. He says, "Right now we feed 600 to 800 meals a day. We're expecting that to grow over the next few weeks and months."

Pastor Holloway says they will likely get an influx of people on the weekends because of the Salvation Army's new schedule, but they'll make room and cook more food. He says most people he is seeing right now have homes, jobs or on fixed income and the young adult population that can't afford a complete, healthy meal is increasing.

He concludes, "People always wonder who feeds the hungry of Arkansas and I say you do when you support the Little Rock Compassion Center."

With the holidays just around the corner, both organizations are in need of volunteers, food and monetary donations.

In order to control traffic and to help the reduced staff, showering will not be offered anymore to people who are not staying at the shelter.

 

The Salvation Army is located at 1111 West Markham Street in Little Rock. The number is (501) 374-9296. They have an assistant cook position open.

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