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Local Chick-fil-A operators providing meals for homeless at Haven for Hope

Program part of Hunger Action Month

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SAN ANTONIO – Operators from 22 area Chick-fil-A restaurants will donate one meal a month for the remainder of the year to St. Vinny's Bistro, a program of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul which provides over 1,300 meals a day, 365 days a year to the homeless at Haven for Hope.

 The first meal -- 450 servings including a Chick-fil-A sandwich, chips and cookie -- will be served on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Haven for Hope.

Chick-fil-A operator Richard Gonzales said the idea came after a recent tour of St.Vinny's kitchen.

 "During our visit, we saw how small the kitchen is and we were astounded at how they are able to produce so much with so little," said Gonzales.  "We decided we could do our part to pitch in and assist this wonderful organization in serving those in need in our community."

The launch of the Chic-fil-A program coincides with Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger.

 "We'd love to challenge other businesses to find it in their hearts to donate a meal one time. If we could get 10 restaurants to do what we're doing, that would take such a load off of St. Vincent de Paul and what they have to produce on a daily basis to fulfill their mission of feeding the hungry" said Gonzales.