Cabarrus County residents are always appreciative of the meals they receive at The Salvation Army soup kitchen, but there’s one day where the excitement is overwhelming: Chick-fil-A Day. One day each month, the Chick-fil-A location at Carolina Mall in Concord donates and delivers sandwiches for those in need of a hot meal. In August, those who received lunch from the soup kitchen got an extra surprise: the Chick-fil-A cow was on hand delivering meals and hugs.
“I’ve been here since 2005 and we were delivering sandwiches before then,” said Jason Pope, owner and operator. “My staff and I really enjoy it. I see a lot of friendly faces. They’re happy to see us and always very grateful and gracious.”
Pope explains that the outreach enables the company to stay in contact with the community. The Salvation Army relies on companies like Chick-fil-A in order to operate its soup kitchen. The program serves up to 80 meals a day during the week. The organization sees increased numbers during the summer when more children are present. Parents find it almost impossible to provide meals for their families when school is out of session.
“We’re so thankful for Chick-fil-A and our other partners,” said Major Jerry Lyles, commanding officer.
Individuals or companies interested in contributing to the soup kitchen or one of the other life-changing programs The Salvation Army offers can call 704-782-7822 or visit the website at: www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/cabarrus.