Every Tuesday and
Friday from 5 to 8 a.m., volunteers wake up early to work in the Salvation Army Canteen, a mobile kitchen, handing out doughnuts,
eggs, coffee, juice and milk to the homeless throughout Des Moines. The canteen stops at the downtown YWCA,
low-income apartment complexes and other areas where people are in need. The homeless clients include children and teenagers.
Organizations and churches prepare and freeze breakfast casseroles that are used to feed homeless clients. So the
Salvation Army provides the recipes and the pans and you provide the cooking. Volunteers help serve the
food. If you want to help distribute food, please call Judy Anderson at 278-0939. This is one way you and your family can
be of service to those who are homeless.
St. Pius Parish has supported the Salvation Army Breakfast program
for over six years. Members of the Social Justice Committee organize the bimonthly collection.
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable: A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society
marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and
instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.