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Salvation Army Provides Meals for Students During Oklahoma Teacher Walkout

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 3, 2018) As many school districts across Oklahoma closed on Monday, and again today, due to a Statewide Teacher Walkout, The Salvation Army was requested by many school boards, other agencies and nonprofits in several communities to ensure students did not go without meals while school is cancelled.   One in four Oklahoma children are food insecure and rely on the Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch program offered at most public schools. 

Salvation Army locations in Bartlesville, Chickasha, Enid, Lawton, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Stillwater and Tulsa are all involved in assisting students while schools are closed. The Chickasha Salvation Army is partnering with First Baptist Church to provide a safe place to go during the day as well as providing breakfast, lunch and snacks.  The Muskogee Salvation Army has sandwiches available for students who are not in school due to the walkout. Stillwater is shuttling students currently registered in their after-school program for lunch to ensure they receive a meal during the day.

The Tulsa Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Clubs has six locations across the Tulsa metropolitan area.  The Clubs are open to members and accepting walk-in students as a safe place for area children and youth while schools are closed.  They are partnering with Tulsa Public Schools to provide breakfast and lunch while The Salvation Army is providing daily snacks, and activities such as crafts, board games, basketball and more.  Captain Ken Chapman, Area Commander for the Metro Tulsa Area Command, states “While not taking political sides with the issues, we are responding to the needs of parents and children who need a safe haven and nutritious meals.  Our resources are stretched, but God will provide!  We are in this for the duration.  If the families need us, we will be here.â€�

The Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Clubs in Lawton, Oklahoma City and Shawnee have also opened their doors to students who need a place to stay and nutritious meals and snacks.   Shawnee is providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and is available to current members of the Boys and Girls Club as well as non-members.  Oklahoma City and Lawton are also providing alternative options for students during the day as well as meals and snacks.

In some areas, such as Bartlesville and Enid, The Salvation Army is utilizing Emergency Disaster Services resources.   Canteens (mobile feeding units) are providing lunch to students affected by the walkout at pre-determined sites.

Additional updates will be provided as necessary.

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.

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Salvation Army Opens DMG Foods, Its First-Ever Supermarket

Nearly a quarter of the residents of Baltimore lack adequate access to healthy food. For many, the nearest grocery stores are minimarts with limited produce. And lower incomes affect the ability of people to afford healthier food, according to a study by Johns Hopkins that looked at the regions of the city where the need for more healthy food options is the greatest.

While hunger and access to good food is not a new problem for the city, a longtime religious charity is trying something new to tackle it: The Salvation Army recently opened its first nonprofit supermarket in the country in East Baltimore.

Lawrence Pollard and his wife, Faith, are shopping at the Salvation Army grocery for the first time. The store is called DMG Foods, which stands for the Salvation Army’s motto, “Doing the Most Good.”

Pollard looks around and seems impressed. “So far, so good. It’s clean place,” he says.

The 7,000-square-foot space looks like your average supermarket. The couple admires the stacks of fresh-looking asparagus, juicy Gala apples and a variety of lettuce. Lawrence clutches a paper with the store’s weekly deal.

“I see a couple of deals already,” he says, “especially on the fruits and the salads.”

Now, many supermarkets brag about having the lowest prices, but we checked. The milk, eggs, butter and canned tuna at DMG are 50 cents to $3 cheaper than at the nearest chain grocery.

In addition to offering the usual supermarket experience, DMG Foods also offers nutritional guidance, shopping education, workforce development training, and meal planning.

While the store caters to beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Maj. Gene Hogg, the Salvation Army’s central Maryland commander, says anyone can shop here.

“Our business is not really selling food,” he says. “What we’re in the business of doing is helping and loving people. And the qualifications to shop here is to walk in the door.”

The Salvation Army decided to go into the food business because, Hogg says, it found a niche where many chain supermarkets stores could not survive.

Hogg says the organization did research around what it could do to “sustain a community, rather than entering into it on an as-need basis.”

“This is where we live; this is where we minister,” says Hogg. “Moving into that space, I think we can make a viable impact into the community.”

The DMG store has some help making products available to its customers. Some of the nonperishable food is donated by the Maryland Food Bank, while produce is bought from a large distributor that sells it to DMG at a steep discount. Since the store opened a couple of weeks ago, Hogg says, business so far is good.

He says the goal is to get to 300 customers in one day. To entice more customers each week, the store offers free items for SNAP beneficiaries. This week, it is giving away 10-pound bags of frozen chicken.

The store is an experiment. Hogg says if it makes enough money beyond expenses, proceeds can go to the Salvation Army’s home for survivors of human trafficking. “So not only are you just shopping and meeting your needs for your household, but in the end you could be actually helping someone who could be rescued from human trafficking.”

Over at the cash register, the Pollards are ready to check out. They leave the store clutching three full grocery bags. They’ve spent only about $17.

If the store is successful in attracting enough customers, Hogg says the Salvation Army may be able to expand to other parts of Baltimore. And if that works out, it hopes to open in more areas across the country.

The Salvation Army has high hopes that the Baltimore DMG store will succeed. Hogg says DMG is not just a motto — it’s a promise.

 

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The Salvation Army Serving in Jacksonville, Alabama Following Severe Weather

Jacksonville, AL – A line of severe storms moved across northern Mississippi and Alabama dropping large hail and spinning up several tornadoes Monday evening. The most extensive damage is in Calhoun County, Alabama where Jacksonville State University received a direct hit.

The Anniston Corps of The Salvation Army has been called to feed lunch and dinner Tuesday for 300 first responders at the Jacksonville Public Safety Complex. The Corps will also provide service delivery to volunteers responding to the area, as requested. The Anniston Corps mobile feeding unit will be supported by 3 additional mobile feeding units from Birmingham and Gadsden. Other resources throughout Alabama are on standby to provide support as needed.   

“There are several buildings with roofs ripped right off,� said Major Eric Roberts, Anniston Corps Officer. “It breaks your heart knowing what these folks are going through, but we are here to offer a little bit up hope and a hot meal.�

Major Roberts and Salvation Army staff are also trained to offer emotional and spiritual care to residents who may have lost their homes and simply need to pray with or talk to someone.

“We want them to know they are not alone in this. They can always come to us for help.� said Major Roberts.

Other Salvation Army local units in northeast Alabama are continuing to assess service delivery needs.

“We are communicating with local and state emergency management officials to determine if there are additional needs in the state.� said Terry Lightheart, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. “We will provide service wherever it is needed.�

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.

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Salvation Army Serving Law Enforcement During San Antonio Standoff

San Antonio, Texas (March. 9, 2018) ”“ The Salvation Army San Antonio Area Command Emergency Disaster Services team has spent three days providing food, drinks and support to law enforcement agencies working the scene of a police standoff.

The Salvation Army deployed its mobile feeding unit to the scene in Northwest San Antonio on Wednesday afternoon where they began providing snacks, water, coffee and energy drinks to officers from agencies including the Bexar County Sheriff”™s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Texas Rangers and SWAT team members.

Officers and emergency management officials put in long hours at the scene and frequently expressed their appreciation for The Salvation Army”™s presence citing the relief efforts as just what they needed to give them a boost to carry on their duties.

The Salvation Army went on to provide dinner as well as breakfast and lunch through Friday.  The 26-hour standoff ended late Wednesday; however, The Salvation Army is expected to remain on site serving meals to investigators at least through lunch on Friday.  Other agencies served by The Salvation Army include the FBI and ATF.  San Antonio-based grocery chain H-E-B generously donated food, kitchen supplies and other items to The Salvation Army in support of the relief efforts.

As of Friday morning The Salvation Army has served 264 hot meals, 316 bottles of water, 120 bottles of Gatorade, 84 energy drinks and more than 900 snacks.

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.

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Central Arkansas Salvation Army Responds to Flooding in Lonoke County

March 7, 2018 (Little Rock) The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas is responding to the scene of flooding caused by a breached levee in Humnoke, Arkansas, located in Lonoke County. The mobile feeding unit (canteen) will be serving dinner at 12295 US Hwy 65 East, Humnoke, AR 72072.

The Salvation Army dispatched the canteen to provide food and hydration to both first responders and those affected by the flooding.  A team of Salvation Army officers trained in emotional and spiritual care are also en route to the scene.

“We plan to continue to serve the community as long as they need our assistance. Disasters like these can happen at any moment and The Salvation Army is ready to jump in at a moments notice,”� said Major Russell Czajkowski, Central Arkansas Area Commander.

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individual and families affected by the floods to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate to Humnoke flood.  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.  Undesignated donations are assigned by the zip code of the donor to the nearest Salvation Army.

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.

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The Salvation Army Provides Aid and Comfort in Dalton,GA After School Emergency

DALTON, GA – The Salvation Army deployed a mobile feeding unit to the Dalton Convention Center to provide hydration and emotional and spiritual aid to first responders, students and family members affected after a high school teacher barricaded himself in a classroom and fired a shot through a window earlier this week.

The students were evacuated to the Dalton Convention Center as part of the high school’s active shooter emergency plan.

“Immediately after we heard about the event, we grabbed all the water stored in the food center, loaded into the canteen, and drove to the Trade Center to serve,” said Major Douglas McClure, the presiding officer at The Salvation Army of the Greater Dalton Area.

According to Major McClure, during their three and a half hours of service, over 400 bottles of water were distributed and 19 individuals received emotional and spiritual care. “Everyone from responding organizations to the school students, faculty and parents were grateful for our presence,” said Major McClure.

The Salvation Army was allowed into the sequestered gym area of the Convention Center by the high school staff and board of education to serve the students. They served bottled water and prayed with students, family, school staff, firefighters, police and EMS units until the high school students were all reunited with their parents.

“Some people think The Salvation Army emergency disaster responses are only for hurricanes and floods. The reality is that The Salvation Army stands ready to serve when any kind of disaster strikes,” said Major McClure. “The impact of this event will be with this community for a long time. And whenever and wherever, we will always be there for them in their time of need with aid, support and comfort.”

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.

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Preparation and Prepositioning

Louisville, Kentucky – Not expected to crest until late Monday or early Tuesday, rising water is already forcing evacuations up and down the Ohio River Valley.   This month’s extensive rains could bring the highest Ohio River levels since the devastating flood of 1997 and the second highest in more than 50 years.

Led by Bo Sells, Divisional Disaster Services Director, for The Salvation Army’s Kentucky and Tennessee Division, trained staff and volunteers are prepositioning supplies and coordinating with local officials.  Working closely with Emergency Management officials at local, county, and state levels, Salvation Army resources are on stand-by to provide Emotional & Spiritual Care along with feeding services at five emergency shelters already opened for those evacuated from flooded communities.

“Natural disasters can result in extreme distress; The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to respond holistically to the complex needs in a disaster situation,” said Major Jim Arrowood, the Divisional Commander, responsible for the work of The Salvation Army across Kentucky and Tennessee.

In addition to monitoring and coordination with local officials, The Salvation Army is also positioning prepared flood clean-up kits for distribution as soon as the water begins to recede.   These compact kits provide gloves, masks, mops, brushes, and cleaning supplies along with other necessities for those facing the devastation after a flood.

The Salvation Army is already active in response to the rising Ohio River, with a network of strategically placed supplies, equipment, and a host of trained responders ready to respond should the need increase.  Whether the flooding along the Ohio River or after the tragedy in Parkland, Florida the basic needs are the same:  food, water, material support, and The Salvation Army’s specialty – a shoulder to cry on, a hug, a knowing nod, a smile, a prayer and Emotional & Spiritual Care.

Financial donations are the best way to meet the evolving needs and to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.”  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most and support the impacted communities.

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.

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Counseling and Financial Assistance Provided to Parkland Families

Broward County, FL – The Salvation Army has been providing financial assistance and grief counseling in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting,

The Salvation Army is one of the many federal, state, and local agencies stationed within the Family Assistance Center (FAC) ready to help. Majors Keath and Candice Biggers, Fort Lauderdale Area Commanders, reported to the center when it opened on, Saturday, February 17th, where 192 families impacted by the shooting sought assistance.

“To see so many families come to the FAC on its first day was heartbreaking,” said Major Keath Biggers, we feel blessed that we are able to help them, whether it be financially or by providing prayer and comfort.”

Major Robert Winters of Pasco County Corps, Major Holly Patterson of Bradenton Corps, Captain Enrique Azuaje, Miami Area Commander, and Major Marion Durham of Ocala Corps arrived Saturday evening and continued to provide assistance and counseling to those in need.  All officers are trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), a much needed resource to those grieving.

Throughout the week, the team was able to provide over $35,000 in financial assistance and gift cards to those affected.  The most common requests included reimbursement of lost wages, transportation costs, rent or mortgage assistance, as well as funeral support.

The FAC is scheduled to close on Friday, February 23rd, but The Salvation Army will continue to provide services and will continue to strategize with other service providers for longer term support needs.

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.

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Comfort and Hope Provided to Vigil Attendees

Broward County, FL – As hundreds of students, parents, and neighbors gathered to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting, The Salvation Army was on site providing emotional and spiritual care as well as meals, drinks, and snacks.

The Salvation Army mobile feeding units from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach were stationed at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center, adjacent to the amphitheater where the prayer vigil was held.  The two feeding units, equipped with Salvation Army officers, staff, and volunteers, distributed over 300 meals, drinks, and snacks to vigil attendees. Local and state officials, including Florida Governor Rick Scott, stopped by the feeding units to greet and thank The Salvation Army for their support and discuss coordination of resources as the community finds ways to heal from this tragedy.

 “Emotional and spiritual care is an important part of our disaster response,” said Major Keath Biggers, Fort Lauderdale Area Commander.  “To be able to provide some level of comfort to those mourning after such a tragic loss is a duty we do not take lightly.” The Salvation Army prayed with and comforted many of those in attendance.

The Salvation Army continues to work with local officials and partner community based organizations to determine long term services to the families affected by this tragedy.

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.

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The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Following Tragic Parkland Shooting

Broward County, FL – The Salvation Army of Broward and Palm Beach Counties continue to serve in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Immediately following the shooting, Majors Keath and Candice Biggers, Fort Lauderdale Area Commanders, reported to the Broward County”™s Emergency Operations Center to help assess community needs and offer The Salvation Army”™s assistance.  Mobile feeding units from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach were deployed to serve water, coffee, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders last evening. 

The Salvation Army met this morning with community officials at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center to coordinate efforts to be offered throughout the day. A prayer vigil to honor the victims is scheduled this evening at the same location.  The Salvation Army mobile feeding units will be on hand prior to the vigil to deliver meals, drinks and snacks.  Additionally, Salvation Army Officers, staff  and volunteers from Ft. Lauderdale Area Command will be available during and after the vigil offering emotional and spiritual care.

Major Keath Biggers is coordinating with local officials to address the needs of the community as they arise.

“We have seen first hand the pain and sorrow in the community, and we grieve with them,” said Major Keath Biggers. “We are ready to help the community in whatever capacity needed.”

In 2016, only a few hours away from Parkland, The Salvation Army supported families and responders following the tragedy at The Pulse Nighclub.  Over the course of three weeks volunteers, staff and emotional and spiritual care specialists provided financial assistance as well as food and beverages to survivors, families and emergency responders.  The foundation of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is to provide hope in times of crisis and right now The Salvation Army world-wide is surrounding Parkland and all of Broward County with thoughts and prayers.  The Salvation Army will continue to serve survivors and families as they seek to recover from this senseless tragedy.

For additional information on The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, log on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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.

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