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Summer stats from the Salvation Army

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:53 PM

As the summer feeding coordinator for our free lunch program, I felt it necessary to share some statistics with you. This summer we served a free lunch five days a week for nine weeks. Between our van driver picking up children from four different locations around Norwalk and the children that walked here we served 4,256 meals. We saw 289 unduplicated children throughout the summer. I'm sure you saw the article in July about our weekend lunches. That also was a great success with the children taking home 1,098 lunches.

We had a total of 83 wonderful volunteers putting in 1,046 hours. Some came on a weekly basis and some signed up through the help of Dale Rafie and Tom Root from the Presbyterian Church. Not only through the help of volunteers, we had a great cook named Sharon Wilcox. The children chanted "Thank you Miss Sharon" on the last day of the program. I would also like to personally acknowledge the many people behind the scenes. The donors that sent us fresh fruit weekly and the people that dropped off non perishables to pack into the weekend lunches. Fisher-Titus employees that donated school supplies. The young teenagers that came daily and helped set up, serve and clean up. We also get much support from Norwalk United Fund.

From our food pantry, we served 230 families with groceries, a total of 1,234 individuals. Then the last five working days we have a soup kitchen. Anyone may come in and get a hot lunch. For the months of June and July we served 826 people.

The next time you think you would like to make a difference stop by The Salvation Army and talk to us. We can truly give you numbers that count.

Marilyn Riley

Summer feeding coordinator

New London

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