Longview Salvation Army’s resources spread thin, suspends meal service

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:01pm

With the Salvation Army’s resources spread thin from its annual Red Kettle fundraising program, the local organization has suspended its daily community meal service as other nonprofit groups fill the gap.

Major Ernest Lozano, commanding officer at the Salvation Army post in Longview, said from the start of the Christmas kettle program until Jan. 2, the Salvation Army will not serve an evening meal to anyone other than residents the group is housing.
“If we are slightly diverted, it is because our focus is on that,” Lozano said. “I wish we had enough resources and volunteers to have the Red Kettle program and the outside meals.

“We are still feeding those that live in our housing. We are still feeding about 50 people,” he added. “We had the outside meals for maybe 30 or 40, but the gentleman who coordinates the meals is coordinating our kettle effort.”
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