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Working to feed the needy in FD

Salvation Army asks community to support Saturday fundraiser

July 20, 2011
By LINDSEY MUTCHLER - Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

More than 100 people in Fort Dodge visit the Compassionate Kitchen for a free noon meal every day at The Salvation Army.

However, lingering money problems may cause the The Salvation Army to shut down the meal program for a few days a week, according to Capt. Ron Cook, or lay off some of its employees.

"Those are things we definitely do not want to do," Cook said.

So, the nonprofit organization is hosting an event July 23 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. to raise money for its meal program.

Area musicians will play during that time as freewill donation meal of pork loin sandwiches and other dishes is served.

"It's a fundraiser to bring in more money to keep our doors open so we can help other people," Cook said.

Fact Box

Who: The Salvation Army

What: Freewill donation pork loin sandwich dinner with live entertainment from local musicians

When: July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army, 126 N. Seventh St.

Why: To raise money for The Salvation Army's Compassionate Kitchen and other programs

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to donate to the cause you can mail checks to The Salvation Army at P.O. Box 100, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Musical groups performing include Von Kettelson, Harmony Brigade Barbershop Singers, Ace and Friends Musical Group, Wonders of Worship Band and the Ecclesiastes Worship Band.

The Salvation Army put out a request for donations in June. At that time, Cook said the rising costs of food and energy prices were taking a toll on the center's financial resources.

The meal program accepts food donations from local businesses, and then volunteers and employees prepare and serve the food in the Salvation Army's kitchen and dining area.

The facility not only feeds the needy in Fort Dodge, but also offers medical and transportation services, as well as serving as a "cooling station" during hot summer days, such as this week. Cook said the utility bill alone is around $1,500 per month.

"We've had some monies come in, but not enough to get us to where we want to be," Cook said.

He added that he and wife Carol are still looking at the possibility of shutting down a few days a week or laying off some employees.

"We have three employees, which isn't very many, but it would take away from our services and limit what we can do," Cook said. "Without the community's support, we're unable to do what we do."

Contact Lindsey Mutchler at (515) 573-2141 or



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