Dallas, Texas (September 14, 2017) – As Texas braced itself for Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the night of August 25, The Salvation Army’s statewide preparation for the anticipated massive response effort was well underway. Now 19 days after the storm made landfall, The Salvation Army has served more than 500,000 meals to first responders and survivors of the storm in Texas.
At the peak of response, 96 Salvation Army mobile feeding units were deployed throughout southeast Texas, each with an average capacity to serve 1,000 meals per day. Today, more than 70 units and relief teams remain hard at work preparing and delivering hot meals, snacks and drinks to communities in need.
Each mobile feeding unit requires a trained Salvation Army crew to operate and deliver service. Employees and volunteers have given more than 65,000 hours of selfless service as part of the relief effort so far. A standard Salvation Army disaster deployment is 14 days and relief crews were on the ground within hours of the storm’s landfall, ready to provide assistance as first responders and law enforcement began assessing damage and offering emergency assistance.
A hot meal served with a smile from a Salvation Army volunteer, and a word of encouragement or a prayer from an emotional and spiritual care officer can mean so much. The value of a hot meal was summed up in a response received from one member of the Texas Military Forces who was working long hours in Victoria, Texas. “We had been eating very badly, sometimes not having a meal at all as we worked to help our fellow Texans. The meals we received from The Salvation Army were outstanding and we would like to honor that crew. They saved our backsides!”
As of Sept. 13, The Salvation Army has served 508,607 meals, 468,712 snacks, and 570,307 drinks statewide in response to Hurricane Harvey. Emotional Spiritual Care Officers have spoken with 27,167 first responders and survivors.
You can support the ongoing relief work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800- SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555.
For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx. To access photo and video resources related to The Salvation Army Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.salvationarmysouth.org/harvey.
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.