Atlanta, GA: Though the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting everyday life for untold millions, The Salvation Army’s work continues around the world. In the Southeastern United States, the mission to serve persists, and the service includes a number of avenues.
The Salvation Army of Brunswick, Georgia is now providing food delivery and masks to those who need it most in the community. With the help of an in-kind grant, the local food bank and community donations, food pantry services are sustainable. That is crucial with the backdrop of a partnership with the city of Brunswick that allows for the expansion of shelter services to a 24-hour operation, including the purchase of additional sleeping costs to grow capacity.
With the help of a generous grant from the Valero Energy Foundation, The Salvation Army of Galveston, Texas is now providing a 24-hour shelter in the community. Previously operating as an emergency overnight shelter, the Center of Hope is now open at all hours, which increases the cost of operation. In addition, The Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen is providing a daily grab-and-go meal at 5 pm local time each day to anyone in need.
In Statesville, North Carolina, The Salvation Army is using its canteen to oversee two separate mobile emergency pantries to both receive and distribute much-needed food. Through the generosity of Mike and Melissa Neader, owners of two local McDonald’s franchises, The Salvation Army is implementing this service with increased space, using sizable parking lots instead of the confined space previously available. This allows for the maintenance of social distancing and, with this drive-thru service, 52 families were helped on the first day and nearly 300 families were served in the first week.
Continuing a Blog Post written by Brad Rowland, Staff Writer, Southern Spirit Newspaper.
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The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.