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No 'Salvation Army' Thanksgiving meals in Tuscaloosa

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TUSCALOOSA - AL -

    This Thanksgiving will be quite different for the homeless and needy in Tuscaloosa.  The Salvation Army which usually provides a warm holiday meal won't be able to do it this year.  Its building was destroyed by a tornado last year.  The organization fed on-site last Thanksgiving, but organizers with the group say a mobile trailer that was used is not available this time.

   Meanwhile, the community soup bowls and Chuck's Fish restaurant are preparing enough to pick up the slack.

   "The Salvation Army has always given out Thanksgiving meals just a few blocks from here," said manager Amy Grinstead.

    The cooler at the Community Soup Bowl is packed with pre-cooked Thanksgiving  dishes.  It plans to serve the public twice this week...on both Tuesday and Thursday. Grinstead says the Tuesday meal will be "a scaled back Thanksgiving dinner".

    However, both days could be packed at the soup kitchen.  Its normal daily-demand has increased dramatically since the storm last year. "Steadily been increasing...we've gone from just under 200 plates a day to about 230 plates a day," explained Grinstead.

    Lots of people, including Steve Cooper plan to rely on the soup bowl for Thanksgiving. "All the people I know that usually have Thanksgiving get together are out of town...So, this is kind of my home away from home," he said.

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