Why Does The Salvation Army Provide Food and Water in a Disaster?

October 13, 2016
Shelley Henderson | shelley.henderson@uss.salvationarmy.org | (704) 621-6106

Why Does The Salvation Army Provide Food and Water in a Disaster?

Charlotte, N.C. (October 13, 2016)— Every day across the world, The Salvation Army is feeding people, meeting one of their most basic needs. That need changes and expands before, during, and after a disaster. When a disaster happens, The Salvation Army is there to deliver food and drinks to people. Why is food and water support so important in a disaster? Who does The Salvation Army serve?

Before a disaster, first responders gather in Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) to coordinate response or in staging areas to mobilize in communities. Even before Hurricane Matthew impacted the Carolinas, The Salvation Army was serving hot meals and cold drinks in EOCs across both states so emergency management officials could continue their important work.

The Salvation Army also serves food to displaced residents compelled to seek shelter before a disaster because they live in vulnerable areas. Through close coordination with local government and disaster service agencies, The Salvation Army is there to meet the immediate needs of evacuees.

After the disaster, The Salvation is in the community as soon as the roads are clear to provide the physical comfort of a hot meal and a cool drink and the emotional and spiritual comfort that our specially trained care givers provide. During the Hurricane Matthew many people lost power; no electricity means that refrigerated food is spoiled and unusable. No power means that people do not have a way to cook their food. The Salvation Army is there in the community to provide meals to families and individuals so their resources can go toward restoring and rebuilding their lives.

The Salvation Army's response has just begun. In the days and weeks ahead we will be out in the community, feeding people's bellies and souls. We can do this because you support us. Thank you from The Salvation Army and on behalf of the people we are serving in the Carolinas.

You can help by your financial gifts to support Salvation Army disaster relief efforts. 100% of donations go directly to the disaster.

How People Can Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

  • Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
  • Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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 underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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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.
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