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5/10/2013 6:01:00 AM
Salvation Army, café join to feed hungy Kingmanites
Troy Palmer
Troy Palmer

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

Correction: This story originally named an incorrect supplier. St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance based out of Phoenix is the supplier. It has also been updated to better reflect serving times.

KINGMAN - The Salvation Army has added its name to the short but substantial list of local organizations that offer the homeless and others facing hard times a hot meal.

New Director Troy Palmer has entered into a partnership with Sirens Café to provide breakfast on Tuesday mornings and lunch on Thursdays.

The meals are served from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Palmer, 48, said the hot food program has fed about 100 people over the past two weeks, about 25 at a time.

"We're doing this along with Cornerstone (Mission)," he said. "I'm very proud of this program." Cornerstone is Kingman's homeless shelter.

Palmer said he hopes to pick up where the former director left off - growing the Salvation Army in Kingman and expanding the organization's social services.

"Bill (Ward) really helped us grow and I've watched it become a stronger presence in the community," said Palmer. Ward recently left the Salvation Army to take over the Boys & Girls Club of Kingman.

Palmer has expanded the Salvation Army's food distribution program. In addition to giving families food and other items once a month, the Salvation Army hands out bags once a week to the homeless.

"We can't give them what we give families who have a home, obviously, but we're giving them a healthier variety. They can't refrigerate anything so they don't get dairy, but at least they're getting healthy food," he said.

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix is the Kingman Salvation Army's primary food supplier. Palmer said the church will take a more "hands-on" approach.

"Hopefully," said Palmer, "we'll hit all the food groups."

The Salvation Army in Kingman serves about 300 families a month and about 160 homeless people. Palmer estimates about 11 percent of the city's population is helped with everything from food commodities to paying utility bills.

Walmart provides food items through a special program and many residents donate to the organization.

"The need here is very high," he said.

Palmer said he hopes to get the community more involved in the Salvation Army, pointing out all donations, whether merchandise for the thrift store or money, stay in Kingman.

"Many little things help us out in a big way," he said.

"I'm grateful for the thrift store. It helps keep the doors open."

The organization's workforce is comprised of two full-time employees, three part-time workers and several "dedicated and amazing" volunteers, said Palmer.

Today, the Salvation Army is on solid footing. The same couldn't be said two years ago when the doors almost closed down for good.

"Bill was a fixer," said Palmer. "He was very good at building in efficiencies and streamlining things and I want to continue that."

With spring upon us comes spring cleaning. Palmer encourages anyone clearing out closets or garages to bring their gently used items to the Salvation Army at Third and Beale streets. People who want to donate larger items can call and the Salvation Army will come pick it up.

There are things the organization can't accept.

"We don't take pianos, organs, exercise equipment doesn't sell very well, or mattresses, mainly due to health reasons, but we take pretty much everything else," he said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Salvation Army Worker

To answer your questions:

Sirens is only allowing us use of their kitchen to prepare the food. Denise or her crew will not be preparing the food as that will be strictly on us although they MAY be helping or supervising. The use of the kitchen is needed to meet certain health regulations since our facility does not have a proper kitchen and it will also cover any health issues. There will be no seating for use there, only the kitchen itself, meaning we do not have use for seating for people to sit down and eat. Anyone needing the meal will have to meet out at the loading dock doors to receive the meal. The meals will be prepared at the Sirens' kitchen, then transported from there to the back of the Salvation Army facility to be served.

I don't see the proper serving time schedule listed in the article so i will list it here:

A small discrepancy should be noted in the article regarding the times. They have it as the food being prepared in the kitchen between 8:45 and 9:45 for the hot breakfast and the food being prepared in the kitchen between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm BUT it SHOULD read that the meals are SERVED at those times with the food being prepared prior to the times they specified in the article.

But here is the CORRECT schedule:

Hot Breakfast will be served between 8:45 and 9:45 each Tuesday.

Hot Lunch will be served between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm (which is actually OUR lunch hour) each Thursday.

These will be served BEHIND our facility and NOT at the Sirens Cafe. Only the food will be prepared there and brought to our facility for serving.

We hope to see everyone there and thanks again to the Kingman and surrounding communities for all your support!

As for the Cornerstone Mission, i believe what the article is indicating is that the Cornerstone Mission offers meals also. Other than that i don't believe they have involvement.

Lastly, props to Denise and her crews for allowing us the use of her kitchen!

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Not Given

Good for Sirens! They are a great asset to our community, in addition to serving up delicious food.
But a few questions about this story....does the Sirens staff prepare the food or is it prepared by Salvation Army volunteers? Where is it served? What is the involvement of Cornerstone in this particular project?
And, yes, there are several brands/varieties of liquid milk products that do not have to be refrigerated until opened--available in 8 oz cartons as well as quarts.

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Patriot WES

I can appreciate this, but the question should be asked, why are there so many people in need in America? Just maybe Americans have lost their pride and getting free stuff has become a way of life? After all, Santa Claus is hard to beat in an election!

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: Salvation Army Worker

Actually we DO get the small half pint size milks like the schools use from time to time but not that often. Our biggest problem on the milk is we really dont have the freezer capacity to keep it very long which presents a health risk. As for powdered milk, we dont actually get much, if any, of that so if any organization out there would be willing to add us to their list of donations for the milk then we would be so grateful. :)
Milks mainly go into the food boxes for needy families, homeless and individuals.

We DO thank all those in the community as well as those outside of our community in all of your help and graciousness in your donations.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Good for the Salvation Army and Mr. Palmer. I was just there ten minutes ago.

Many blessings to them and Sirens in this new endeavor. They have been a force for good in our country for so many years.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: I (heart) Salvation Army

Troy... nicest guy ever. All the people at the Salvation Army are angels.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: FYI ...

For families with children who really NEED dairy products there is packaging available that does not require refrigeration. Perhaps a call out to the public for this type of packaging would get the results needed so children can have milk with their breakfasts. Just an idea. (It does need refrigeration once opened, tho).

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