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Restaurants help keep Brownwood soup kitchen open

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BROWNWOOD, Texas - Two local restaurants donated food to prevent the Salvation Army in Brownwood from closing its doors for two days after the kitchen's air conditioning unit broke down.

Chick-fil-A and Little Caesar's Pizza fed nearly 125 people on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday was the first time in two weeks the staff cooked hot meals.

When the kitchen's air conditioning unit stopped working, the staff had to support the hungry with cold sandwiches and chips.

In order to install the new unit, the kitchen's ceiling needed to be removed, preventing them from fixing any meals.

"It shut the kitchen down for two days," Salvation Army Kitchen Manager Daniel Cox said on Thursday.

Cox reached out to the two businesses, who were quick to respond with a generous hand.

"A good percentage of those people would've went hungry," Cox said. "For a lot of them, this is their only meal of the day. So for us, keeping the doors open was very important."

Salvation Army solely relies on donations to provide free meals. Ten to fifteen percent of those who eat there Monday through Friday are homeless, according to Cox.

"I'm definitely going to support [those two businesses] because they helped us so much," Cox said.

The organization is hosting a fried fish fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Apr. 28 to recoup the $6,000 it invested in its new unit.

The event will be held at the Salvation Army Center on 403 Lakeway Drive.

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