(WJBK) - The Salvation Army rolled out a new Junior Bed and Bread truck Monday at a school in Detroit. The car, Harrison, will travel to schools like Mark Twain School for Scholars and deliver snacks and educate children about the issue of hunger in the community and give the children the opportunity to get involved in the solution.
Harrison is inspired by an animated character created many years ago by Salvation Army supporter and Detroit radio legend Dick Purtan. With a custom molded body over a Ford Transit Connect van, he is emerging - with an accurate resemblance - from storybooks for service on the road.
The Jr. Bed & Bread program is a part of The Salvation Army Bed & Bread program which serves more than 1.5 million meals and 183,000 nights of shelter annually to men, women and children who would otherwise go without. The majority of those 1.5 million meals are served directly from the Bed & Bread trucks. The Bed & Bread trucks travel a combined 47,450 miles, making 18,615 stops in Detroit every year. That is the equivalent of driving nearly twice around the globe from North to South Pole
"To educate the children that there is a need out there and get them involved in helpnig them meet that need, that is what this is really all about," says Lt. Colonel John Turner of the Salvation Army.
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