A dispute between the Salvation Army and 46th Ward alderman heated up this weekend after media outlets reported the Salvation Army was ordered to no longer feed the homeless.
Nancy Powers with the Salvation Army told the Chicago Sun-Times that in a meeting Friday with Alderman James Cappleman she was ordered to halt the agency’s mobile food truck at Wilson and Marine Dr.
The truck feeds people in need several times a week.
Cappleman told WGN TV that conversation never happened and said he does want evidence the Salvation Army’s efforts are on track.
“Rather than blame them for their plight, I wanted to put the pressure on these social services to do a better job of engaging them to get them the help they really need.” Cappleman said.
Nancy Powers who over sees the homeless program in Chicago says she stands by her earlier comments but is “excited” about working on the matter further with Cappleman.
Powers said she hopes to meet again with Cappleman this week.