As Need Increases, Salvation Army Continues to Adjust to Meet Demand
The Salvation Army nears 30,000 meals served to those in need in the Greater New Orleans area. 19 canteens (mobile feeding units) depart daily from The Salvation Army’s temporary disaster warehouse in New Orleans loaded with hot meals, MRE’s, water, and snacks. The Salvation Army continues to identify and optimize their routes and locations based on the need in local communities.
“I didn’t think it was going to be what it was,” said Ken Stroughtor, a resident near downtown New Orleans. “Even if I wanted to evacuate I couldn’t, it came so fast.” Ken echo’s what many New Orleanians are saying, that their time was short, and a decision had to be made. Stay or leave now! “I’m so grateful that The Salvation Army made it out here. I knew when I saw the truck, we were going to be okay, at least we’ll have a full belly.”
“As the need grows, we will shift in what we offer just to make sure were doing all we can to meet as much need as we can in Jesus’ name,” said Commissioner Willis Howell, leader for The Salvation Army in the Southern Territory. Commissioner Howell shook the hand of Ken Stroughtor and listened as Ken shared his experience surviving Ida. “What a privilege that we have to serve,” the commissioner concluded. He and his wife Barbara served throughout the day while providing emotional care and prayers for those that waited in the feeding line.
The Emergency Disaster Team arrived in New Orleans late Monday night and has been serving from sunup to sundown every day sending 19 mobile feeding units into local neighborhoods.
- 88113 Meals
- 64438 Drinks
- 28780 Snacks
- 39 Active Mobile Feeding Units
- 101 Cleaning Supplies / Tools (per order)
- 1591 Comfort / Hygiene Kits (per kit)
- 133 Water (per case)
- 144 Disaster Workers have given 7032 hours of service
- Emotional and Spiritual Care to 3443 people