Mobile Feeding Service Ramps Up in Houston and Across Southeast Texas

September 02, 2017
Philip Burn | philip_burn@uss.salvationarmy.org | (214) 418-9536

Mobile Feeding Service Ramps Up in Houston and Across Southeast Texas

Dallas, Texas (September 2, 2017) – More than 75 Salvation Army mobile feeding units are actively meeting the needs of people across South Texas in the largest activation since Hurricane Katrina.  Relief teams continue to reach communities and pockets of residents who have so far received little or no assistance since Hurricane Harvey moved through the area.

Water is receding in Houston and leaving behind a stark picture of the overwhelming relief work and recovery that is ahead. 29 mobile feeding units are providing meals, drink and emotional and spiritual care throughout the city and 9 more are on the way. A Salvation Army field kitchen with the capacity to produce 15,000 meals a day is in place in Harris County to support the increased feeding efforts.

“We continue to pray for those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and those who are providing such tireless and compassionate service,” said Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer, Salvation Army Divisional Commander for Texas. “The Salvation Army is privileged to provide a hot meal to a hungry survivor, a bed and shelter for an evacuee, and an encouraging word and a prayer to the individual who finds themselves in crisis.  We will diligently serve those in need as long as is necessary.”

The Salvation Army is coordinating a robust response serving communities along the coastline from Corpus Christi to Galveston to Beaumont and Orange. Service in each location is determined by the respective needs of the community.

Disaster Relief Overview (9/1)

  • Deployed 77 mobile feeding units each capable of serving up to 1,500 meals per day
  • Served 145,103 meals, 77,746 snacks, and 99,466 drinks
  • Distributed 1,711 food boxes
  • Distributed 1,577 comfort kits
  • 35,000 hours of service have been logged by Officers, staff and volunteers
  • Provided emotional and spiritual care to 4,202 first responders and survivors

To contribute to The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts, visit HelpSalvationArmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text “STORM” to 51555.

For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx. To access photo and video resources related to The Salvation Army Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.salvationarmysouth.org/harvey.

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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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