Tallahassee, FL (November 7, 2018) –The Salvation Army continues its efforts to meet the needs of the Florida Panhandle almost four weeks following Hurricane Michael. Today 43 mobile feeding units with crews of food service workers and emotional and spiritual care specialists are working to feed, hydrate, and give hope to people impacted by Hurricane Michael. The Salvation Army is also distributing hygiene kits, MRE’s (meals ready-to-eat), food boxes, cleaning supplies and tarps.
Life is returning to a new normal in communities in the Florida Panhandle. Power is restored in most areas where the infrastructure allows. Power restoration means that grocery stores are opening and households can now cook and keep food cold. In those areas, the number of fixed feeding locations is decreasing and mobile feeding units are roving through the area looking for neighborhoods and communities who still need support.
Yesterday in Panama City, The Salvation Army distributed 51 pallets of supplies in the community and served more than 11,000 meals to disaster survivors. The Salvation Army has served more than 599,400 meals to storm survivors across the Panhandle since October 11.
The Salvation AArmy continues to partner with Operation BBQ Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief to provide meals for distribution through mobile feeding units. Midwest Food Bank will continue to provide food boxes and hygiene kits for distribution.
Total Stats as of November 7, 2018
- Meals: 599,421
- Drinks: 294,285
- Snacks: 409,576
- Hygiene Kits: 12,183
- Food Boxes: 7,929
- Tarps: 7,164
- Clean-up Kits: 2,957
- 38,474 emotional and spiritual care contacts with hurricane survivors
How People Can Help
- 100-percent of designated gifts will be used in support of those affected by Hurricane Michael.
- Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected to be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.
- Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA (Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks.)
- Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
- Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
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.