5,300 bowls of soup to feed the hungry

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

EAST TEXAS - Every cold winter season, Tylerites drive down Broadway or Troup and take notice of the "Buy 1, Give 1 Soup" sign at both of Tyler's Chick-fil-A restaurants. Beyond the comfort of a warm bowl of delicious soup is the comfort of knowing that when a Tyler citizen buys a bowl of that soup, they are also providing for the cold, poor, and needy among us. Such is the generosity that Chick-fil-A has shown the people of the Tyler area when matching bowls of soup purchased with bowls given to provide nourishment to the residents and clients of The Salvation Army in Tyler.

The same program operates in the Longview community and this year the two communities collectively earned 5,393 bowls of soup. The Salvation Army in Tyler knows the need that exists to feed the hungry in our neighborhoods and the role that the 3,020 bowls of soup donated here in Tyler will play in meeting those needs. Chick-fil-A is proud that the 2009 season generated almost 550 more meals between the Longview and Tyler communities than in the 2008 season.

The news that over 3,000 bowls of soup will be donated to The Salvation Army in Tyler to help feed the homeless and destitute falls on joyful ears; the need, as well as the donation, is greater this year than last. On average, The Salvation Army in Tyler is feeding almost 2,000 more meals per month than last year and expects those numbers to continue to climb in this climate of unemployment and financial crisis. Over 27,000 nutritious and hot meals are being served each month at The Salvation Army, no small feat indeed, and the generous donation from Chick-fil-A every year to this cause is tremendously helpful.

There was a ceremony at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at Broadway Crossing on South Broadway this Friday, February 27, 2009, at 10 A.M. At this ceremony, Chick-fil-A graciously and generously gave to The Salvation Army enough bowls of soup to feed thousands of Tyler residents who otherwise may not be able to receive the food and nutrition they need. The Tyler community continues to be a tremendous blessing, meeting the needs of those in our own community through donations, volunteerism, goods and services and, every winter through the charity of Chick-fil-A, bowls of soup.