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Free, hot meals for local communities


Every Tuesday night, the Salvation Army's mobile canteen serves a free, hot meal to a community through a program called Hope Dinner.

Volunteer Larry Ezzell, said on most nights they feed more than 200 people; since 2010, they have served more than 20,000 people.  

But for Ezzell, Tuesday Hope Dinners are much more than a plate of hot food.  

"It's hard to put into words what happens here because you interact with people. I've got people that come up that I see every week," he said.

He checks with members of the community to see how the job search is going and how they're family is.  

"So, you get that opportunity to get in and interact with the people, not just serve them food...there's a lot more to it than that," Ezzell explained. 

Volunteers rotate locations every Tuesday between Tyler's Oakwood Nazarene Church and Douglas Elementary School. Ezzell told us they begin handing out these free meals at 6 p.m.

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