Help fight food insecurity

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Last week, schools across the country were once again filled with eager students- both fresh and familiar faces. It’s a bittersweet time for children as they say hello to old friends and goodbye to the freedom of summer and back to daily classroom and study routines. For most families, it’s a relief to know their kids are guaranteed at least one meal a day.

Nutrition is key for a child’s education. Students who live in food insecure households are at an a disadvantage both academically and physically compared to their food secured peers. This is true for everyone but is especially crucial for children and their development.

According to Feeding America, in 2012, 49.0 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.

The Salvation Army recognizes the severity of this issue and works to fights food insecurity and help families meet this basic need, and support healthy children in the classroom. One example of how we do this is our food pantries- which provide groceries for individuals and families in need and are essential to battling food insecurity.

But we need your help to fill our food banks!

If you’d like to donate a bag of nonperishable foods to your local Salvation Army food pantry, check out our main website for a list of locations near you:

Can’t get to the store? For monetary donations and other ways to give, visit:

Learn more about The Salvation Army here.

Spend tonight on couch and discover “hidden” issue facing young people!

Major Rod Ainsworth and Hannah Stead are supporting The Salvation Army’s appeal for people to sleep on a couch tonight to raise funds for youth homelessness

Hannah Stead knows better than most the hardships that face young people who have nowhere to go.

Hannah, 17, had her first taste of homelessness at 13 and has spent the past four years couch-surfing at friends’ houses or on the streets.

Hannah’s story isn’t unique, according to Darren McGee, manager of Youth Outreach Service (YOS), with youth homelessness an issue in Pine Rivers and greater Brisbane.

To raise awareness and funds, they are asking people to walk a mile in the shoes of young people such as Hannah and join the Salvation Army’s Couch Project.

“Youth homelessness is a hidden issue. When people think of homelessness they usually think of the old guys sleeping on the streets,” Mr McGee said.

“Well that’s not the facts, about 40 per cent of the homeless are young people sleeping on couches, so it is hidden homelessness.

“We are challenging people to sleep on the couch for a night on Saturday, do some fundraising and sleep like these young people who are couch-surfing.’’

It will help people going down the same route as Hannah.

“I stayed in about five or six different places over about two months and ran out of money and people started not wanting me on the couch anymore,” she said.

“My stuff was everywhere. I had nowhere to put it, I was eating their food, using their laundry and showering.

“They were getting over having me there.

“Sometimes I would just go spend a night on the streets because I felt guilty asking if I could just stay one more night.”

The Couch Project will raise funds and help the Salvation Army’s work helping young people.

Salvation Army moving forward with plans for new housing complex

housingThe Salvation Army “hasn’t lost momentum” on replacing its decaying emergency housing shelter, new divisional commander Frank Pittman has vowed.

Major Pittman, who assumed his post a month ago, said he’d been taken aback by the decrepit state of the Salvation Army’s existing shelter in Hamilton.

The charity for the needy hopes later this week to announce the architectural firm that has been selected to design its new housing complex at The Glebe Road, Pembroke.

Conceding he’d been surprised by the level of social need prevalent in Bermuda, Major Pittman added: “Probably the most alarming thing was to see the condition of the emergency housing compound on North Street. “It’s a building that was meant to last ten years, and it’s been going for 30.”

The Salvation Army is already two months into its six-month Memorandum of Understanding with Government on renovating the disused Bishop Spencer building, abandoned years ago by the Department of Education.

The move came after a City of Hamilton task force condemned the existing shelter, which has been in use since 1982.

The charity has “already put out expressions of interest” to various firms asking for quotes on their services, Major Pittman said.

“We have an agreement with Government to explore the feasibility of that building to house the emergency shelter,” he added. “I had to hit the ground running because of the time that’s lapsed.”

On August 4, Major Pittman replaced former divisional commander Shawn Critch, after serving as the area commander for East Newfoundland, based in St John’s, Canada.

His wife, Major Rita Pittman, also directs the Salvation Army’s women’s ministries and community care ministries in Bermuda.

“We’ve been warmly received — we’re totally impressed with people’s hospitality and kindness,” Major Pittman said.

“Bermuda is a wonderful place from what we’ve seen thus far. If this is any indication of what our years will be like, we’re really looking forward to it.”

Back-to-School Supplies: How to Give or Receive


Time is ticking for kids to enjoy the end of their summer break as calendars turn into August, and stress levels can rise as back-to-school activities beckon to millions of families nationwide.

Parents will soon be scavenging the store aisles to grab the school supply items requested by that oh-so-specific new teacher, but amid the hustle and bustle of nabbing deals and buying new clothes is an often overlooked reality: many kids are without these basic back-to-school necessities.

Obtaining the necessary supplies – which range from clothing to calculators – can be a costly feat: the average family will spend $670 this year on supplies and clothing. The biggest cost for back-to-school shoppers? Apparel and accessories, followed by electronics.

That’s why each year The Salvation Army coordinates back-to-school events and distributions for families in need of a helping hand. From collecting supplies from local donors and partnering businesses, to stuffing backpacks and coordinating events, The Salvation Army relies on the hearts and hands of supporters and volunteers to make these events possible.

Join Us!

You may feel as if your family is on the brink stressful school year, so why not relish these last days of summer vacation by volunteering together? Many locations of The Salvation Army rely on volunteers to coordinate back-to-school events and hand out supplies. Contact your local Salvation Army for opportunities today by entering your zip code at

Don’t have the time to volunteer? The next time you’re at Target or Walmart, grab some extra school supplies for local kids in need and drop them off at a Salvation Army near you.

Some commonly needed items include backpacks, pencils, erasers, pencil boxes, pens, colored pencils, highlighters, rulers, scissors, gluesticks, glue, folders, notebooks, folders, crayons, and markers.

Looking for Assistance?

We have received many questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages about how to sign up for back-to-school assistance. Many locations are holding events throughout August, so the sooner you contact your local Salvation Army to request assistance, the better. Find a list of locations by entering your city or zip code in the “Find A Location” section in the top right of this page.

Posted by Megan Gandee on Monday, August 4, 2014

1,000 Needy Children Return To School In Style!

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Huntington Bank cares about giving back to its communities in a direct hands-on way. For the sixth consecutive year, through the bank’s backpack program, 1,000 needy Western Pennsylvania kids will return to school well prepared and ready to learn. Huntington is again working with The Salvation Army to provide children – kindergarten through 8th grade – with new backpacks, a wide variety of school supplies and so much more.

Early on the morning of August 7th, Huntington Bank employees will prepare to hand out backpacks to children at The Salvation Army’s Homewood Worship and Service Center at 8020 Frankstown Road where over 200 children from Allegheny County will be served. They will then travel to The Salvation Army’s New Kensington Worship and Service Center at 1101 Fifth Avenue for lunch and a special delivery to 75 more kids. The remaining 712 backpacks will be distributed at other Salvation Worship and Service Centers throughout the 28 county Western Pennsylvania Division.

“Back to school is an exciting time for kids, and Huntington is looking forward to its annual backpack giveaway program with The Salvation Army. The cost of school supplies is on the rise and out of reach for many families, so Huntington is please to be able to help many of our region’s families once again this year,” said Susan Baker Shipley, President for Huntington Bank in Western Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley.

Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 126 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto The Salvation Army … Doing the most . . . good for the most people . . . in the most need.

Back to School Assistance

The Salvation Army is providing back to school assistance for families and children for the upcoming school year, serving pre-K to 12th grade.

Registration is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Aug. 7.

Requirements for school supplies include photo identification for all adults in the household; proof of school enrollment, such as report card, letter from school, etc.; school name and grade the child will be entering; and school supply list.

The Salvation Army also seeks donations to help fulfill the need for school supplies.

Donations can be dropped off Friday and Saturday at the Salvation Army Family Store and Social Services Office, 4721 W. Waco Drive, and Walmart, 4320 Franklin Ave, or 600 Hewitt Drive.

Fill the Bus

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WACO, TEXAS — It’s almost back to school time, and the Salvation Army in Waco is looking to “Fill the Bus”.

The “Fill the Bus” campaign aims to raise donations and school supplies for children who otherwise wouldn’t have their necessary materials for school. Last year’s campaign brought in enough supplies to distribute to more than 200 students.

The Salvation Army says this campaign is not just to benefit students, but also to save teachers some money as well.

“A lot of the time, the teachers actually go into their own pockets. And, you know, they don’t make a lot of money to begin with. But, they want to make sure that the children have what they need. One of our biggest passions is to support the teachers that are teaching the children,” said Major Dan Ford of the Waco Salvation Army.

“Fill the Bus” will take place at the Walmart on Hewitt Drive and the Walmart on Franklin Avenue on August 1 and August 2. To register to receive school supplies, please contact the Salvation Army.

Alexis Spears
Multi-Media Journalist

Help a good cause today and Get free ice cream


by WNCN Staff

RALEIGH, N.C. –I scream, you scream, we all scream for (free) ice cream!
Do you like free ice cream? Do you like helping a good cause? If you answered yes to both, you’re in luck today.

You can get a free scoop of Denali Moose Tracks ice cream and help the Wake County Salvation Army while you’re at it.

It’s called the “10,000 Scoop Ice Cream Challenge,” and the company will give $1 to the Salvation Army of Wake County for every scoop they give away.

The event runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square Park.

Copyright 2014 wncn. All rights reserved.

Goodwill and Salvation Army Team Up to help Arizonans find jobs

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Col. Joe Posillico (right) and Maj John Brackenbury meet the Goodwill mascot at the grand opening.

Originally featured on Expect Change, The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Blog.

I’ve worked for The Salvation Army for fifteen years. Along the way my friends will sometimes ask, “so how are things at the Goodwill?” Sometimes they say, “so, what’s going on at the Red Cross?”

My reply is usually, “I’m sure they’re doing great things like meeting needs and changing lives, but I work for The Salvation Army.” Well, now I can answer that question about Goodwill wholeheartedly in the affirmative because I know first-hand!

We recently teamed up with Goodwill of Central Arizona to open a job resource center on our Salvation Army campus in Phoenix. This first-of-its-kind center features 11 computer workstations with access to Goodwill’s database of jobs, as well as a staff member to help job seekers with services including resume development and interview strategy.

How’s that for putting two great organizations together to care for people in need!?
The center is a three-minute walk from The Salvation Army’s family shelter and located in a neighborhood with one of the highest rates of poverty in Arizona.
We’re praying that job-seekers all over Phoenix will find it a convenient place to go to learn job skills and receive assistance with their search.

Here’s what AZCentral had to say about the great news (FYI: it starts with a brief ad):

“Thank you Goodwill of Central Arizona! We love what you do and are grateful for your help.”


If you’d like to know more about what The Salvation Army does in Phoenix, please connect with them on Facebook:: If you’d like to make a financial gift to help The Salvation Army in the Phoenix area, please click here

Are you ready to celebrate National Donut Day?


Celebrate National Donut Day
Celebrate National Donut Day!

Our friends at Entenmann’s Bakery, famous for the Rich Frosted Donut, are donating $1 to The Salvation Army for every person who “likes” Entenmann’s Facebook page – up to $30,000 – until June 15!