Tampa, Florida (September 28, 2017) – The Salvation Army Florida Division continues to serve people in the long-term recovery phase following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. All Salvation Army units in Florida are actively involved in the statewide relief effort that includes the support of trained disaster workers and volunteers from around the United States and Canada.
The Salvation Army of Florida has 11 canteens (mobile feeding units) and 2 field kitchens that are serving in two locations in the state of Florida. Other support vehicles including refrigerated vehicles and generators have been dispatched to some of the hardest hit areas in southwest Florida.
The Salvation Army in Collier County has begun transitioning to long-term recovery. Seven mobile feeding kitchens from South Carolina, Mississippi, Melbourne, West Volusia, and Panama City as well as a field kitchen from Florida, are still providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care service to individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma. As of the end of the day on September 27th, almost 69,000 hot meals had been served to the community The planning team continues to re-visit devastated sites, while the Emotional and Spiritual team continues to provide comfort throughout the community.
A cargo trailer located at the Naples Salvation Army is still supplying food boxes, hydration, snacks, clean up supplies and hygiene kits from to the seven mobile feeding units (canteens).
Major Dan Proctor, The Salvation Army Naples Area Coordinator will be working with local officials and organizations to assess the needs of the community in order to meet the long-term recovery efforts.
A field kitchen in on site today and then tomorrow all meals will be prepared and served from the four (4) mobile feeding unites (canteens). 4,377 lunches were delivered to locations in Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, Labelle, and Fort Myers. To date, more than 117,000 meals have been served in the Fort Myers area alone. The transition to long-term recovery efforts continues, and The Salvation Army will continue to serve those impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Majors Tim and Cheryl Gilliam is working to meet the long-term needs of the community and continues to assist those effected through the five service centers.
As of Thursday morning, September 27, The Salvation Army Florida Division has prepared and distributed 723,393 meals, snacks and drinks; made 10,781 emotional and spiritual care contacts with the support of 58,120 service hours from officers, employees, and volunteers.
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.