Salvation Army struggles with NW Indiana shortfall

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The Salvation Army has cut back on its food service in northwestern Indiana after falling short of its fundraising goals.

The organization says donations to its Christmas season Red Kettle drive in Lake County fell 42 percent short of the $645,000 goal.

Salvation Army Capt. Rebecca Simmons tells The Times of Munster that its three Lake County sites will each have to cut $50,000 in employee and program expenses.

The East Chicago center is now serving as many as 100 free lunches three days a week rather than its previous five days.

Volunteer John Wilkening is starting a campaign to raise $50,000 so that the East Chicago kitchen can resume five-day service. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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