Media- CASP Award - 10-20-13

Community Agency Support Program Awards The Salvation Army of Lee Hendry and Glades Counties $7,300 To help support the Meals With Compassion Program

Fort Myers, FL – November 13, 2013 - The Salvation Army (TSA) of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties is proud to announce Community Agency Support Program (CASP) Sally's Café & Marketplace's Meals with Compassion located at 2476 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers $7,300. The City of Fort Myers Community Agency Support Program voted to award these monies to help fund Meals With Compassion. This is an ongoing budget item for the City Council and they support multiple agencies and programs through CASP.

Meals with Compassion is the free evening meal served to anyone in need, 365 nights a year. In this troubling economy more and more people are being forced to decide whether to stay in their homes or feed themselves and their families. As a result, hundreds of Southwest Florida residents are finding they need help for the first time. Sally's Café and Marketplace is designed to make it easier for those and other individuals to find that help. It was designed with the idea of providing to those in need a place to come and enjoy a meal in a comfortable dignified manner, and to be able to acquire the food they need for their families without needless waste. Emergency clothing and a shower are available on-site to any guests who are in need. As the temperature drops, TSA also distribute blankets, coats and gloves. Volunteers are needed to serve the meal as often as possible. If interested or for more information, please call 278-1551.

"We are incredibly grateful to the support of the City of Fort myers and the Community Agency Support Program as we serve dinner to an average of 80-120 people each night, ranging from homeless individuals to working parents with children and senior citizens," states Major Thomas Louden, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties

The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties is in need individuals and groups who are willing to help serve the meal and/or prepare the meal to be served to the dinner guests. This is an incredible hands-on opportunity to truly serve all neighbors in need. Church groups, civic organizations or businesses can support the program on a regular basis, adopting a day per month or quarter to help TSA help others throughout the year.

About The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Over ninety cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyleecounty.org. The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades is proud to be a United Way partner agency. To learn more, contact The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades at (239) 278-1551 or visit their website at: www.salvationarmyleecounty.org. The Salvation Army, we transform lives everyday.