Atlanta, GA: As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, Salvation Army units across the country stand ready to fight the pandemic. Doors to our shelters and community centers remain open as The Salvation Army provides a haven for those who need a safe place to go. Disaster and social service workers are coordinating with our government partners and are ready to provide aid to those affected by the health and economic impacts of this emergency.
The following are representative of the additional efforts of local Salvation Army units nationwide:
The Salvation Army Brownwood, Texas Service Center serves a free lunch Monday-Friday to those in need from the community. During this uncertain time, instead of serving meals in their building, they have made the necessary adjustments to provide pick up meals. Many families with kids out of school, were able to pick up a plate packed with pulled pork, bread, baked beans, dessert, and tea for lunch! This of course is in addition to those that regularly receive a hot meal at The Salvation Army. “I am grateful for these meals to go. Not only am I on a limited budget but I am at a high risk since I have had chemo in the past. I am also not used to having to prep meals for my daughter all week. Her school is offering meals but not for free. It is 20 plus miles away and she usually rides the bus. Thank you to The Salvation Army of Brownwood” – from a grateful resident.
And in In Lewisville, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Like many other locations, staff and volunteers at The Salvation Army Lewisville are creatively making necessary adjustments to continue essential services to the community during these uncertain days. Lunch each day is now being delivered “to go” with more than 75 clients picking up their free lunch today. One on one case management meetings are taking place in the mobile kitchen, maintaining appropriate distancing, with staff working from the front of the truck and clients in the back.
About The Salvation Army
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.