Manager Brett Suthers takes a food order at Noodles & Company where they organized a fundraiser that donated 25 percent of the day's sales to help end homelessness.

Noodles & Company offers a free “hero lunch” to customers every once in a while. Recently they gave Salvation Army Major Margaret Hill and six other officers this lunch. That’s when Noodles & Company’s General Manager Brett Suthers asked if the store could put on a fundraiser to benefit The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Bites Campaign.

“I thought it was very thoughtful of them to do a fundraiser for us,” says Major Hill.

From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, March 12, the customers of the Noodles & Company at 3450 W 86th St. were given the opportunity to help The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Bites Campaign just by ordering lunch or dinner. Noodles & Company organized this Dine to Donate Day where 25 percent of the sales from customers who mentioned the fundraiser while ordering dine-in or carry-out would be donated to The Salvation Army. The Homelessness Bites Campaign is a campaign to help end homelessness in Indianapolis.

“It was a great opportunity to get the word out about it and help the community,” says Suthers.

Salvation Army volunteers were stationed at the store taking additional donations and selling t-shirts. These proceeds will also go towards the Homelessness Bites Campaign.

Victoria Britton is a youth coordinator for the non-profit agency River Valley Resources. When asked why she donated today she said, “I’m a sister in the cause.” Many of the kids she works with are in need of guidance and are at greater risk of becoming homeless.