• Christopher Priest

The Salvation Army Continues its Mission During Covid-19

Atlanta, GA: With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting millions, The Salvation Army continues its mission to meet human need in His name without discrimination. The work persists in communities across the Southeastern United States, with ongoing service to those facing hardship.

The Salvation Army’s Hampton Roads Area Command in Virginia is mobilizing with a daily drive-thru food pantry. Food distribution has seen an uptick of 75 percent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with ever-increasing demand. The Salvation Army Kroc Center in the region is also delivering meals to seniors, with a fruitful partnership with a local food bank and Mercy Chef to Seniors.

In North and South Carolina, The Salvation Army is distributing boxes that contain Easter-themed items, from food supplies for dinner to Easter eggs and candy to provide a warm spirit for the entire family. The boxes also contain activity sheets, worship programs and household items, with The Salvation Army of Spartanburg, South Carolina partnering with its Advisory Board to fill similar boxes for distribution to community center and corps member families before Good Friday.

The nature of the COVID-19 pandemic dictates shifting protocols in emergency shelters, with The Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa, Alabama implementing a 24/7 operation. The shelter has separate wings to accommodate men, women, families and veterans and, while operating at near capacity, an additional meal is provided at lunch time. Standard services continue to be provided, with meal service, distribution of food boxes, rapid rehousing and homeless prevention, all while altering methods to practice social distancing.

Continuing a regular Blog Post written by Brad Rowland, Staff Writer, Southern Spirit Newspaper.