Restaurant Joins 'Souper' Effort to Feed Hungry East Texans

Chick-fil-A is partnering with the Salvation Army for a 'souper' effort to feed hungry East Texans.

Right now, whenever you buy a bowl of chicken noodle soup from either Lufkin Chick-fil-A, that same amount of soup will be donated to the Salvation Army.  Other East Texas towns started taking part in the program years ago.  This is the first time Lufkin has been part of the effort to feed those in need.

"What happens, especially when the kids are out of school, the parents have a big load of having to feed them three meals a day, where normally the school does that," Salvation Army captain Lola Maldonado says.  "What we see is that a lot of the families and the adults that are on subsidized or government assistance are not able to have the three meals."

Chick-fil-A operator Julie Walker says, "We just thought it would be a great way to help the community [and] feed the hungry.  This is a promotion that's been very successful in the Tyler and Longview areas and we decided that we wanted to bring it to Lufkin and help the folks in Angelina County."

The Salvation Army plans to use the soup next month for its daily feeding program.