Contra Costa, CA (September 9, 2013) The Salvation Army of Concord has deployed its canteen (mobile feeding unit) to the Morgan Fire burning near Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County. Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services personnel are there to serve meals, snacks and water to first responders and those impacted by the fire.
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Last night, The Salvation Army served 375 dinners to the first responders on the fire lines and an additional 35 meals to local evacuees. Earlier this morning, the canteen moved to Camp Parks in Dublin to assist with the feeding of the incoming strike teams. At the request from fire incident command, The Salvation Army prepared and served 400 breakfast meals.
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.