Salvation Army is joined by city’s movers and shakers to pack lunches for needy kids
Political, business and civic leaders rolled up their sleeves and helped make nearly 200 sandwiches and packing lunches to kick off the annual “Feed The Kids” Summer Mobile Lunch Program Monday at Red Arrow Park downtown. Milwaukee is now ranked as the 4th poorest city in the country, with a 27% poverty rate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau report released in 2010. 40% of Milwaukee’s children are living in poverty. The poverty threshold for a family of four is $21,954. Programs like WIC, School Meals, and After-School Dinners help reduce childhood hunger. The Salvation Army Feed the Kids is a summer meal program designed to meet the needs of children in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods. The Salvation Army vans bring lunch meals to neighborhoods, parks and street corners to serve an average of 2,000 lunches a day, Monday – Friday, for 10 weeks each summer. The Salvation Army Feed the Kids program works together with other community agencies to address the causes of hunger and to provide nutritious meals to hungry children who would otherwise go without. This program operates 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 HeartLove Place.
In 2010 The Salvation Army Feed The Kids program provided 110,000 lunches to area children.
To find the nearest meal location, including Salvation Army neighborhood van stops, dial 2-1-1. For more information on how you can volunteer for The Feed The Kids program visit Samilwaukee.org