"No Power Means No Food -Thank you for Coming to Florida"

Jacksonville, FL (September 14, 2017)—Power has been out in areas of northeast Florida since Hurricane Irma ripped through the state earlier in the week. Refrigerated food has gone bad and has to be thrown out; in outlying areas where water comes from wells, water is scarce.

Immediately after the storm, two canteens from Jacksonville, Florida began serving people in communities impacted by the storm. This morning a caravan of mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) and crews of food service workers and emotional and spiritual care workers from North and South Carolina joined their efforts, equipped with food, water, and the love of Jesus Christ. The mission of each canteen crew is to fill the bellies of disaster survivors with the nourishment to help them rebuild their communities and their hearts with words of hope and encouragement.

One Salvation Army canteen was stationed in the fire station parking lot in Crescent City, a very small town located in Putnam County. Shortly after the canteen rolled up cars began to fill the parking lot. Within minutes, more than 40 people were in line to receive food and water.

“We are so grateful for you guys being here,” said Bobby Highfill, a community volunteer serving at the fire station. “We are a small town so sometimes we are forgotten. No power means no food. Thank you to The Salvation Army for being here.”

Storm surge caused flooding in northeast Florida and there is ongoing concern about additional river flooding. The Salvation Army, through close coordination with emergency management officials, will remain, continuing its work to meet the immediate needs to people impacted by Hurricane Irma.

“Our immediate focus is giving people food, water, and hope,” said Major Rob Vincent, area commander of The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida. “In the days, weeks, and months ahead, the immediate needs of the community may be different, but The Salvation Army will still be here giving help and hope.”

Currently The Salvation Army has 56 canteens serving throughout the state of Florida. Each canteen has the capacity to serve 1,500 meals a day.

Jacksonville, FL (September 14, 2017)—Power has been out in large areas of northeast Florida since Hurricane Irma ripped through the state earlier in the week. Refrigerated food has gone bad and has to be thrown out; in outlying areas where water comes from wells, water is scarce.

Immediately after the storm, two canteens from Jacksonville, Florida began serving people in communities impacted by the storm. This morning a caravan of mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) and crews of food service workers and emotional and spiritual care workers from North and South Carolina joined their efforts, equipped with food, water, and the love of Jesus Christ. The mission of each canteen crew is to fill the bellies of disaster survivors with the nourishment to help them rebuild their communities and their hearts with words of hope and encouragement.

One Salvation Army canteen was stationed in the fire station parking lot in Crescent City, a very small town located in Putnam County. Shortly after the canteen rolled up cars began to fill the parking lot. Within minutes, more than 40 people were in line to receive food and water.

“We are so grateful for you guys being here,” said Bobby Highfill, a community volunteer serving at the fire station. “We are a small town so sometimes we are forgotten. No power means no food. Thank you to The Salvation Army for being here.”

Storm surge caused flooding in northeast Florida and there is ongoing concern about additional river flooding. The Salvation Army, through close coordination with emergency management officials, will remain, continuing its work to meet the immediate needs to people impacted by Hurricane Irma.

“Our immediate focus is giving people food, water, and hope,” said Major Rob Vincent, area commander of The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida. “In the days, weeks, and months ahead, the immediate needs of the community may be different, but The Salvation Army will still be here giving help and hope.”

Currently The Salvation Army has 56 canteens serving throughout the state of Florida. Each canteen has the capacity to serve 1,500 meals a day.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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