Salvation Army Mobile Kitchens
Deliver a Hot Meal and
Hope in Texas
Austin, Texas (August 31, 2017) – The Salvation Army disaster services team from Austin continued to provide hot meals, drinks and emotional and spiritual support to the coastal communities of Seadrift and Port Lavaca today, having now served more than 4,300 meals in the region in three days. On Friday, this volunteer team out of Williamson County will return to Central Texas to serve up to 1,000 meals per day in the hard-hit Fayette County communities cleaning up from historic flooding.
The Austin team is one of 71 mobile feeding units deployed from all over the United States and Canada to support disaster recovery in Texas. As of August 30, The Salvation Army has served 57,099 meals, 27,224 snacks, and 41,603 drinks statewide in response to Hurricane Harvey.
Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made online at helpsalvationarmy.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by checks designated “Hurricane Harvey” can be mailed to PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.
The fleet of 11 Salvation Army mobile kitchens currently deployed to Houston took to the streets Wednesday, to deliver food, drinks and emotional and spiritual care to those in need. Response teams served meals in several communities that prior to their visit had not received any assistance and The Salvation Army was the first agency to show up.
One such community was Redwood Heights, Houston. Residents explained that today was the first time the water had receded sufficiently for them to venture out of their homes since Monday. The Salvation Army mobile kitchen was a welcome sight as it pulled into the neighborhood to serve lunch. Additional mobile kitchens are headed for Houston and it is anticipated that food delivery will continue to expand in the coming days as new areas of the city become accessible.
“While serving at lunch time several people told us of emergency needs that included hygiene products and toiletries,” said Captain Sarah Quinn, from The Salvation Army in Henderson, KY, who has been deployed to serve in Houston for 12 days. “We returned to Incident Command for more food and were able to collect all of the items requested by the community and deliver them when we returned at dinner time,” she said. “The people were so pleased to see us and happy to receive a meal and some assistance” said Lt. Jane Munroe, of Ashland, KY. “I pray that they not received a meal but also a sense of hope and encouragement for the days ahead.”
Two shower units brought to Houston from Florida were delivered and installed at the George R. Brown Convention Center today. The shelter, with a capacity to shelter up to 10,000 people, will utilize the shower units for first responders and medical personnel. Captains Rojelio and Rebecca Galabeas, Commanding Officers of the Houston Temple Corps, spent time this afternoon talking and praying with Harvey evacuees in the shelter.
Six Salvation Army locations in Houston are continuing to provide emergency shelter to families and individuals who have evacuated their homes:
Harbor Light Center – homeless shelter for men
Sally’s House – homeless shelter for women
Family Residence – homeless shelter for families
Conroe Red Shield Lodge – homeless shelter for individuals and families
Pasadena Corps Community Center
In the Corpus Christi/Coastal Bend area, feeding operations continue in the following locations:
North Corpus Christi
The Salvation Army has also been requested to be responsible for food service at the Red Cross shelter at Tuloso-Midway dome and for the 500 evacuees who will be returning by bus to Corpus Christi in the coming days.
Other Salvation Army operations:
The Salvation Army is serving as a last resort emergency shelter in the following locations: Beaumont, Conroe, Corsicana, Dallas-Fort Worth, Lufkin, Pasadena, Temple, Tyler, and Waco.
The shelter at the Dallas Convention Center is now housing more than 350 evacuees with numbers expected to increase. The Salvation Army of Dallas Fort Worth provided meals for survivors, staff and volunteers.
About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 128 years in the Austin area. Locally tens of thousands of people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Eighty-three cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson counties. For more information, go to SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org, Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin/