(Miami, FL) (August 4, 2022) –  With its “Lunch and Love” program, the Salvation Army Miami is providing love and meals to those in need on Miami’s streets.

In an effort to replicate the same impact made at Miami Area Command to the surrounding community, Lunch and Love was developed by David Jenett, Case Worker and Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator. With the use of the FedEx Cares EDS Canteen (pictured above), David and his team were able to serve 150 meals and 50 snack packs to the homeless that are located within the Government Center and North Miami area of Miami-Dade.

David had one thought in mind: it’s necessary and it’s impactful, “Not everyone is able to migrate to our corps so why not bring the assistance to them? We have a Canteen that can go a long way and a team that can stretch the effort even more.” Despite the rainy conditions, the team dedicated nearly four hours of service, with the assistance of Terrance McCray and Susi Goihman.

They even had a helper! When the team needed to draw the meal recipients to one location, an individual on a bike (who is also homeless) rode around the area and alerted everyone else to the free lunch being served. A day filled with love, service, and gratitude would not have been possible without David, Terrance, and Susi’s dedication, their efforts were a big success.

The program will take place once a month throughout Miami-Dade, with the goal of becoming a regular service. The team hopes to make Lunch and Love a bi-weekly effort.

The chief human need is to experience love. Chosen to be a Soldier

February is known as the month that celebrates love, but what if we practiced showing love doing the most good through acts of kindness and compassion every day?

 Consider donating time or food to your local charity

Whether you donate time, money or food it helps! More people than ever are in need and it’s not just the homeless. Children make up a large percentage of those needing food. Even with so much food in America many children and adults face poverty and hunger in every county.  In 2016, 41 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including 13 million children. (

 Recycle your Gently Used Clothes and Items to Your Local Thrift store

When you shop, or give to a Salvation Army Family Store, you are supporting local initiatives as well as our Adult Rehabilitation centers that help those battling addictions, progress towards recovery. A gently used item that you give brings families back together and is saving lives.

 Send a hand-written Thank you note

In the age of digital our email box is overflowing and our ding from text messages doesn’t ever seem to stop. When was the last time you wrote a thank you note? When someone opens a special thank you note just from you the smile you bring them might just make their day! There are also health benefits for you! According to Harvard health, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improves their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.


When you smile, you will feel happier and brighten someone else’s day.

Psychology Today has found that smiling helps transform you and the world around you. Each time you smile it activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. You never know if the person you smile at is having a bad day and your smile may be one thing that makes their day better. Smiling is contagious, so smile!

 Focus on Being a Better Listener

Practicing better listening skills and taking an interest on how others are doing is a self-less attitude.

According to, ways to be a better listener include:

1)    Listen to learn, not to be polite

2)    Quiet your agenda

3)    Ask more questions than you give answers

4)    Pay attention to your talk/listen ratio

5)    Repeat back what you heard

6)    Wait until someone is done talking before you respond

 Hold the door open for the person behind you without expecting a Thank you

How often have we opened the door for someone and not received a thank you in return and got upset? Keep doing good, keep opening doors and be kind. Open the door with the intention of giving and not receiving. If you don’t get a thank you, realize you have sown an act of kindness without expecting anything in return and that is awesome. If you get a thank you that’s even better!

If everyone would do little things that they would like done for them it adds up over time.  You cannot control others but you can control what you do and setting a good example of what kindness is and should be is a great place to start.

 Pay for someone’s coffee or food in the drive-thru or pay for a stranger’s meal

Recently, at a McDonalds drive thru, 167 drivers paid it forward. It took one person to pay for a meal that started a ripple effect. Frank Ward, the owner of the Scottsburg McDonald’s, described the chain as an “act of kindness.”

When the woman, whom Hostetler described as being in her early 60s, saw there was a man with four kids in the car behind her, she told Hostetler she’d pay for his $36 food order too.

“She paid it in full and told me to tell the dad Happy Father’s Day,” Hostetler recalled.

When Hostetler told the man that his four Happy Meals and other food was paid for, he offered to pay for the next two cars behind him. (ABC News)

One act of kindness can affect many people you will never meet and you do not know what that act of kindness can do! Keep sowing love, compassion and kindness one act of kindness at a time.

Love is Good and being kind and loving others never goes out of style. Here is to being kind every day!