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Salvation Army to provide meals in flood affected neighborhoods

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids Salvation Army canteen is returning to the streets this summer in flood affected neighborhoods to support continued recovery and rebuild efforts. The Army is also increasing food pantry access and meals served through its fixed site community meal program.

The Army received a $50,000 grant from the United Way of East Central Iowa to launch the increased feeding effort. Additional funds are needed to sustain mobile feeding through the summer months and to remain responsive to the general increased need for food support. The Army is also seeing substantially more families seeking financial help for rent and utility assistance. Staff attribute the overall increase in need across program areas to struggles that remain for flood victims and factors that persist within the economy.

In an effort to raise awareness and funds, Cedar Rapids Salvation Army advisory board members are bringing the red kettles out of storage. Members are placing counter kettles throughout the community. These are smaller versions of the traditional red kettles used outside storefronts around the holidays. Find the counter kettles at businesses across the Cedar Rapids area including Guaranty Bank locations.

The counter kettle campaign runs through August 10th. Check and credit card donations are also welcome. Checks can be mailed or dropped off to The Salvation Army, 1000 C Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids. Credit card donations can be made by stopping by The Army or by calling the office at 319-364-9131.

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