Partners step up to assist with feeding programs
The Salvation Army in the Southern Territory mobilizes to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. As families face sudden joblessness and financial crises, and vulnerable homeless residents seek shelter from the disease, corps and commands come up with creative ways to serve people in need and welcome stepped-up support from their community partners.
Louisville, Kentucky: It’s often said that “Timing is Everything,” and that couldn’t be truer thanks to The Salvation Army’s friends at Better Beef Brands. Working with Summit Media Group, Better Beef Brands donated meat to feed 1,000 families and children during these very difficult times. The Louisville Command’s daily meal counts have more than doubled since the COVID-19 outbreak, and thanks to generous donations like this one, the Army has been able to fulfill its mission of meeting basic needs, in his name, without discrimination. Thank you to Better Beef Brands and the Gatlin family for #DoingTheMostGood for #others.
Hampton Roads, Virginia: The Kroc Center’s ministry team reached out to seniors in the surrounding community to help provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic. In partnership with the Food Bank and Mercy Chef to Seniors, the team delivered meals to the homes of senior citizens as well as senior high-rises in the community.
Birmingham, Alabama: The Salvation Army’s food assistance programs are being dispersed through a drive-through service, with eligibility requirements adapted to meet growing needs. Canteen distribution is also being utilized for walk-up service.
Vero Beach, Florida: Following the cancellation of a local fair, authorities contacted The Salvation Army to aid several migrant workers who were stranded. Meals were provided for the workers, while community partners helped to secure transportation for their safe return home.
Knoxville, Tennessee: Elkmont Exchange Brewery & Eating House donated fresh foods for shelter residents. “These kinds of donations are vital in our ability maintain consistent service in these challenging days,” the corps said in a Facebook posting. “Thank you for your kindness to us and others!”
Jackson, Mississippi: The Salvation Army is delivering boxes of food and supplies to 70 seniors who need additional assistance during this trying time. In addition, staff and volunteers are preparing food boxes on a daily basis for distributions to those who need them most.
Arlington, Virginia: The Salvation Army corps has been reaching out to low-income families trying to cope with the stresses of the COVID-19 crisis. On a recent day, the corps distributed emergency grocery bags to 180 families.