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THE SALVATION ARMY SERVES CLOSE TO 200,000 MEALS IN IKE’S WAKE

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Released 17 September 2008

The Salvation Army has their hands full as they work hard to provide meals from 110 mobile feeding units, responding to Ike's destructive forces. Ike's damage spans for nearly 22,000 square miles, and The Salvation Army has served close to 200,000 meals since beginning with evacuee feeding in San Antonio last week.

Major Dan Ford, Incident Commander at the Texas City staging area, said, "Our recovery efforts are in full swing. We are working hard to provide assistance and meals to first responders and victims of Ike, and will continue to do so for as long as is necessary."

The Salvation Army Incident Command post in Texas City has an additional two large kitchens being set up to serve dinner tonight at the High School football field in Texas City. The additional kitchens, along with the 13 canteens already in service in the area, will enable The Salvation Army to serve more than 40,000 meals per day across Galveston Island, Texas City, Hitchcock, Tiki Island, Kemah, and Bacliff. Over the next few days, The Salvation Army also will be providing meals for 25 senior citizens at the Heritage Square Apartments who have been unable to evacuate and are without basic services.

The Salvation Army team based in Texas City also was able to secure warehouse space at an old Albertson's grocery store warehouse in Texas City to store corporate donations to help victims of Hurricane Ike. The Salvation Army continues to need monetary donations to assist with the expenses brought on by Ike and will be opening a mobile social services unit in one to two weeks, to begin assisting those affected most by Hurricane Ike.

The Salvation Army also continues to serve thousands of meals at sites across Houston, Pasadena, Orange, Beaumont, Freeport, Conroe and others. Starting on Wednesday, September 17, we will be able to provide emotional and spiritual care for victims and emergency responders at each one of our mobile feeding units serving across the State of Texas.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Ike to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors' most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.


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About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Over 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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 at-risk children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in close to 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 


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