Canteen Film in Need of Funds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A documentary project about the North Platte Canteen still needs $7,000.

From Christmas 1941 to April 1, 1946, North Platte residents gave food and presents to six million U.S. troops who passed through the town on railroad cars.

The canteen relied on donations from 125 communities in Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas. Despite food rationing during World War II, volunteers served approximately 40,000 homemade cookies, 600 birthday cakes and 450 pounds of cheese a month.

Director of the Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lisa Cox, said North Platte has raised $23,000 to put toward the documentary project's $140,000 budget.

NETV, which is producing the film, has provided $100,000.

Cox said January will be a big fund-raising month, with a reunion dance that will kickoff the process of filming.

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