Food Box Distribution to Complete Salvation Army Response Efforts in Southeast Texas

Beaumont, Texas (September 7, 2020) – More than a week after commencing extensive response efforts in Southeast Texas after Hurricane Laura, The Salvation Army is gradually demobilizing operations as power returns to many locations. Four mobile kitchens continued to serve meals on Monday, and plans are in place for food box distributions later this week.

Since Friday, August 28, The Salvation Army of Texas has served 107,411 meals, 68,172 drinks, 40,965 snacks in affected communities utilizing fourteen mobile kitchens. Trained staff and Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers have prayed with 1,327 storm survivors.

Four Salvation Army mobile kitchens are serving food in the following fixed locations on Monday:

  • Bridge City – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 945 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 115 W. Bolivar St, Vidor, TX
  • Deweyville High School – 171 TX-12, Deweyville, TX (TX-12 & HWY 87)

 

“We are very proud of the dedication and hard work of our Salvation Army staff and volunteers this week in Beaumont and the surrounding area. Several communities have been without power and our teams did a great job of providing hot-meals, water and encouragement to those affected by Hurricane Laura,” said Alvin Migues, Director of The Salvation Army Disaster Services in Texas. “In the space of ten days we have served more than 107,000 meals in very hot and humid conditions with heat advisories in place for several of those days. Thank you to each volunteer, employee and corporate partner who stepped up to make this response effort possible. Your efforts have made a difference in the lives of so many.”

The Salvation Army will coordinate two distribution sites this week:

  • Tuesday, September 8: Vidor Distribution site located at Love and Truth Church (145 W Bolivar St, Vidor TX 77662).
  • Wednesday, September 9: Deweyville Distribution site located at Deweyville High School (43200 HWY 87s, Orange, TX 77632). Volunteers needed.

At these locations, staff and volunteers will be passing out food boxes, frozen chicken, and other items as available. Set up at both locations will begin at 11 AM, and distribution to the public will take place between 12-3 PM. Volunteers are needed to support The Salvation Army distribution and can help from 11:30 AM-4 PM.

“Since August 31st, The Salvation Army has utilized local volunteers to assist with response initiatives in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Many of these volunteers are associated with nonprofit service organizations, such as The Rotary Club of Beaumont and United Way of Beaumont, which focus on providing services to communities in need,” said Kathleen Kouns, Disaster Volunteer and Training Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Texas. “In addition to these service networks, The Salvation Army has worked closely with Exxon Mobil’s Public and Government Affairs Division to utilize employee volunteers as well as local Church groups and good Samaritans. With their help, communities within Orange, Newton, Jefferson, Jasper, Sabine, and Calcasieu Counties have received more than 107,000 meals from mobile food canteens and temporary distribution sites. Volunteers have also organized The Salvation Army disaster warehouse, located in Beaumont, to enable faster inbound and outbound deliveries of essential items.”

As The Salvation Army continues to reach communities in the Golden Triangle, volunteers play an essential role in day-to-day operations as well as long-term recovery initiatives. For more information on how to join efforts, please visit texaseds.volunteers@uss.salvationarmy.org or sign up for current volunteer positions available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CAFAA2FA7F5C43-hurricane1.”

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx.

The Hands and Feet of Jesus in Orange, Texas

Orange, Texas (September 5, 2020) –The Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers in Orange, Texas, have spent the last week tirelessly providing meals and prayerful support to their community that sustained significant damage and power loss after Hurricane Laura. Thousands of residents have come to The Salvation Army and received hot meals and water from the drive thru distribution each day. The building has been without power since the storm and team members have continued to help others, despite their own challenges. On Friday morning, the Texas Baptist Men arrived at The Salvation Army unannounced, with chainsaws and heavy equipment in tow, ready to serve those who have been on the frontline of service since the storm.

Captain Jan Zuniga, Commanding Officer at The Salvation Army in Orange, appeared on a FOX 4 TV news interview on Thursday evening, stood outside by the church playground. During the interview she explained what The Salvation Army has been doing to help people after Hurricane Laura, how many meals have been served, and the plans for continued assistance in the coming days. All the while, viewers could see several large trees and debris from the storm strewn around the playground in the background.

Rocky Mize, an Orange resident and volunteer with the Texas Baptist Men, was sat at home watching the news as Captain Zuniga spoke of the work of The Salvation Army. Mize has been volunteering since the storm with the Texas Baptist Men working to remove fallen trees and clean up debris from homes and streets in the community. “Watching that interview and knowing what The Salvation Army does to help people in need, I knew that we had to do something,” said Mize. “I got in touch with my crew and we agreed to start our day on Friday at The Salvation Army and get their property and playground cleaned up. They are the hands and feet of Jesus to so many, and we were blessed to be that for them.”

“The Texas Baptist Men showed up with their chainsaws and got right to work,” said Zuniga. “In no time at all the fallen trees were gone and the whole place was cleaned up. In a beautiful gesture, Rocky carved a cross into the stump of a tree that had come down in the storm. This cross will remain as a constant reminder of God’s love and providential care for us. We want to say a huge thank you to the Texas Baptist Men for their hard work, not only at The Salvation Army, but also as they help residents throughout the area.”

Since Friday, The Salvation Army has served 91,891 meals, 60,580 drinks, 32,195 snacks in affected communities. Trained staff and Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers have prayed with 1,092 storm survivors.

Five Salvation Army mobile kitchens are serving food in the following fixed locations in Texas on Saturday:

  • Bridge City – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 945 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 115 W. Bolivar St, Vidor, TX
  • Deweyville High School – 171 TX-12, Deweyville, TX (TX-12 & HWY 87)
  • Mauriceville – Market Basket, 11916 Hwy 62-N, Mauriceville

 

Eight mobile kitchens from The Salvation Army in Texas continue to provide meals in Lake Charles, LA.

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx.

McLane Family Donation Helps Southeast Texas Residents Get Back on Their Feet

Beaumont, Texas (September 4, 2020) – As power is steadily being restored to cities in Southeast Texas affected by Hurricane Laura, families are cleaning their homes and refrigerators and looking to replace food that has spoiled over the last week. The McLane family has generously donated 3,000 food boxes that will help families get back on their feet.

“Over the last few days, several of our Salvation Army feeding locations have begun to see a decrease in the number of people requesting hot meals,” said Alvin Migues, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army response efforts in Texas. “That’s an encouraging sign as electricity is being restored to homes in the area. Moving forwards, we understand that it will be costly for families to replace food that has been sitting in freezers and refrigerators and this donation of non-perishable food from the McLane family will be a huge help. We greatly appreciate the ongoing support of the McLane family and the McLane Group who are valued long-time partners of The Salvation Army in Texas.”

The food boxes arrived in Beaumont on Wednesday afternoon and will be distributed early next week. “Our friends and neighbors in Southeast Texas and Louisiana have been devastated by Hurricane Laura,” said Drayton McLane Jr. “Our family is honored to team up with The Salvation Army who are working so hard in the Beaumont area to provide food to families affected by this disaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who found themselves in the path of this devastating storm.”

The McLane family has supported The Salvation Army for many years, particularly in Bell County where The Salvation Army McLane Center of Hope provides shelter to individuals, families and veterans, food to those who are hungry, and long-term case management. McLane said, “We believe strongly in the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army and their creed from their founder William Booth, ‘You cannot warm the hearts of people with God’s love if they have an empty stomach and cold feet.’” In addition to supporting local programs and projects the McLane family have a great compassion for people in need and are quick to step forward with support. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic they distributed 2,000 food boxes to the four areas in Texas where they have a business presence, 1,000 boxes to help with response to Hurricane Hanna in McAllen, and most recently 250 food boxes in Bell County.

Since Friday, August 28, The Salvation Army of Texas has served 81,680 meals, 55,595 drinks, 27,582 snacks in affected communities. Trained staff and Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers have prayed with 989 storm survivors.

The Salvation Army is serving food in the following fixed locations on Friday:

  • Bridge City – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 945 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, TX
  • Port Arthur – Sam Houston Elementary: 3245 36th Port Arthur, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 115 W. Bolivar St, Vidor, TX
  • Newton – Newton Church/Food Bank: 501 Main Street, Newton, TX
  • Deweyville High School – 171 TX-12, Deweyville, TX (TX-12 & HWY 87)
  • Mauriceville – Market Basket, 11916 Hwy 62-N, Mauriceville

 

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx.

Salvation Army Assistance Reaches Out to Rural Counties Affected by Hurricane Laura

Dallas, Texas (September 3, 2020) – After Hurricane Laura hit the Southeast Texas and Louisiana coastline on Thursday, August 27, much of the focus has been on communities including Orange, Port Arthur, Vidor and Lake Charles, LA. However, the storm retained hurricane intensity as it moved north with dramatic effects being felt in East Texas. During the last week, The Salvation Army has provided practical assistance in these rural counties, leveraging year-round contacts and relationships to deliver help to those in need.

The Salvation Army Service Extension program is one of the most unique and effective programs within the organization. Almost 250 Service Units are found in Texas. This is a location where The Salvation Army does not own a building or have any paid staff, but rather social service assistance is administered by volunteers who may work in a bank, in the courthouse, at the police department, or other similar businesses. These volunteers provide faithful year-round support to The Salvation Army and in recent years have played an integral role in several large-scale disaster response efforts.

The Newton Service Unit is a great example of how a volunteer-run unit can have a significant impact on the local community. Joe Miller has been the Chairman of the unit for more than 10 years. “At one point, The Salvation Army was operated by the County Judge, but they were looking to restructure and needed someone else to take it on. I don’t remember how or why, but that’s when I became the Chairman,” said Miller. “Being a Wesleyan, I’ve always had a great affinity for The Salvation Army as we have a very similar theology. I love the fact that The Salvation Army is first and foremost a church. There’s nothing wrong with other 501c3 organizations who also do a lot of good, but there’s something different about the Army being a church. All that they do is motivated by their love for God and people.”

Residents of Newton County have been significantly affected by Hurricane Laura despite being more than 30 miles inland. “Many people have lost trees on their properties and a significant number of homes have been damaged. Large areas have been without power or running water since the storm,” said Miller. “The Salvation Army sent a mobile kitchen from Beaumont to serve hot meals and has also supplied tarps for roof repairs and clean-up kits,” said Miller. “As utilities come back on, people want to fix their own food again, but it’s difficult and expensive for them to restock their refrigerators and freezers. The Salvation Army and the Southeast Texas Food Bank are going to be helping residents get back on their feet.”’

Service Unit volunteers throughout Texas have responded to the call for help during times of disaster and many have completed Salvation Army training courses. “One of the things I love about The Salvation Army is their unwavering support. No matter what happens in our community, I know that I’m going to hear from The Salvation Army asking how they can help. I know when they tell me they’re going to do something, it gets done. That’s my kind of ministry!”

Since Friday, The Salvation Army has served 69,862 meals, 50,101 drinks, 25,731 snacks in affected communities. Trained staff and Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers have prayed with 730 storm survivors.

The Salvation Army is serving food in the following fixed locations on Thursday:

  • Bridge City – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 945 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, TX
  • Port Arthur – Sam Houston Elementary: 3245 36th Port Arthur, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 115 W. Bolivar St, Vidor, TX
  • Newton – Newton Church/Food Bank: 501 Main Street, Newton, TX
  • Deweyville High School – 171 TX-12, Deweyville, TX (TX-12 & HWY 87)
  • Mauriceville – Market Basket, 11916 Hwy 62-N, Mauriceville

 

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx.

Volunteers – The Frontline of Salvation Army Disaster Service

Beaumont, Texas (September 2, 2020) – It is often said that volunteers are the Army behind The Salvation Army. That statement is never truer than during emergency disaster response. Trained volunteers who have selflessly deployed during Hurricane Laura have gone the extra mile, particularly considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the searing heat and humidity of Southeast Texas.

Rudy and Martha Zapata, from Lubbock, have served as Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services volunteers for more than 19 years. They have responded to tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and hurricanes close to home, and across the country, and are well known to local emergency response partners in West Texas. The Zapatas are ready, literally at a moment’s notice, to deploy to any disaster site and meet the needs of those affected. Their mobile kitchen is spotless, inside and out, and is perfectly organized. Behind their canteen they tow an ATV giving them the ability to deliver food and assistance deep into neighborhoods which may be inaccessible to a full-size mobile kitchen.

“My brother Jesse, who attends The Salvation Army church in Lubbock, introduced me to the Emergency Disaster Services program. From the very first time I stepped foot in a mobile kitchen, I loved it,” said Rudy. “I have been active as a disaster volunteer for more than 19 years because I enjoy serving others. But more than that, ultimately I hope they can see God working through my wife and I.”

The Zapata’s son, Victor, is a Marine and is currently serving in North Carolina. He has been gone for nine months and only returned to Lubbock on furlough a month ago. The Zapatas were placed on standby as Hurricane Laura barreled towards the Texas coastline, and then received the call to deploy to Beaumont. “We were looking forward to spending the last few days with our son before he had to return to North Carolina, but that’s when we received the call asking us to come and serve in Southeast Texas,” said Martha. “At first, I was sad, but Victor told me we should go and help those in need because he knows we love to serve with The Salvation Army. It is a blessing to know our efforts, even if it’s just a hot meal, can make a difference to someone struggling after a disaster.”

On Monday, seven mobile feeding units from Texas served meals in Lake Charles, LA, while an additional seven supported communities in Southeast Texas. Since Friday, The Salvation Army has served 59,201 meals, 43,861 drinks, 21,059 snacks in affected communities. Trained staff and Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers have prayed with 691 storm survivors.

“The Salvation Army volunteers are bound together by one common thread: Sacrifice. Oftentimes, providing relief to people affected by disasters requires them to leave their loved ones behind, work in extreme weather conditions, and perform tasks that are physically and emotionally demanding,” said Kathleen Kouns, EDS Volunteer and Training Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Texas. “These brave men and woman do not seek accolades or recognition, rather their service towards others is rooted in their love for Jesus Christ. The Salvation Army would not be capable of reaching the number of individuals it does without the unconditional sacrifice of volunteers.”

The Salvation Army is serving food in the following fixed locations on Tuesday:

  • Bridge City – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 945 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, TX
  • Port Arthur – Sam Houston Elementary: 3245 36th Port Arthur, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 115 W. Bolivar St, Vidor, TX
  • Newton – Newton Church/Food Bank: 501 Main Street, Newton, TX
  • Deweyville High School – 171 TX-12, Deweyville, TX (TX-12 & HWY 87)
  • Mauriceville – Market Basket, 11916 Hwy 62-N, Mauriceville

 

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx.

Pilgrim’s Lufkin Doing The Most Good in Orange

Dallas, Texas (September 1, 2020) – Pilgrim’s Lufkin, a valued year-round partner of The Salvation Army in Angelina County, came forward with an offer to provide meal support to residents of Orange. Much of the city, along with large areas of Southeast Texas, have been without power since Hurricane Laura blew through on Thursday. Individuals and families have greatly appreciated the hot meals provided by The Salvation Army and those prepared by Pilgrim’s served as a great boost.

The team from Pilgrim’s pulled into The Salvation Army of Orange on Saturday morning bringing with them a three-day supply of chicken, sides, and a custom BBQ pit. The enthusiastic Pilgrim’s staff spent the morning setting up and preparing for hungry residents, first serving a quick lunch, and later BBQ chicken and sides for dinner. More than 6,000 meals were served between Saturday and Monday, handled almost completely by the Pilgrim’s crew, from cooking, assembling the meals, and distributing in the drive thru line.

“This falls right in line with the Pilgrim’s principals and we are very humbled to work with The Salvation Army,” said Christian Dempsey, Operations Manager for Pilgrim’s Lufkin. “You come down here and see the turmoil that people are going through right now. It is very humbling for our team at Pilgrim’s to be part of the recovery. Anything we can do to support this area, we’re going to do that, not just as Americans but as Texans. That’s our commitment here at Pilgrim’s.”

On Monday, seven mobile feeding units from Texas served meals in Lake Charles, LA, while an additional seven supported communities in Southeast Texas. Since Friday, The Salvation Army has served 47,941 meals, 38,121 drinks, 18,616 snacks in affected communities. Trained staff and Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers have prayed with 435 storm survivors.

“The Salvation Army is grateful to Pilgrim’s for their generous donation, not only of food, but also for the dedication and hard work of their staff in Orange this weekend,” said Alvin Migues, Director of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services for Texas. “They have done a tremendous job over the last three days, leaving Lufkin early in the morning and returning home each day after dinner, through to their final meal service on Monday evening. I’m sure that residents of this community will remember their positive community spirit, even longer than their fantastic BBQ chicken.”

The Salvation Army is serving food in the following fixed locations on Tuesday:

  • Bridge City – Market Basket: 2005 Texas Ave Bridge City, TX
  • Port Arthur – Sam Houston Elementary: 3245 36th Port Arthur, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 115 W. Bolivar St, Vidor TX
  • Newton – Newton Church/Food Bank: 501 Main Street, Newton, TX
  • Deweyville High School – 171 TX-12, Deweyville, TX (TX-12 & HWY 87)
  • Mauriceville Middle School – 19952 FM 1130, Orange, TX

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx.

The Salvation Army of Texas Providing Practical Support to Neighbors in Need

Dallas, Texas (August 30, 2020) – Mobile kitchens from The Salvation Army of Texas served 12,000 meals in SE Texas and Lake Charles, LA, to residents affected by Hurricane Laura on Saturday. 14 teams of Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) staff and volunteers worked tirelessly throughout an extremely hot and humid day to serve hot meals to those in need.

FEMA Directors, including FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, visited a location in Orange County, TX, on Saturday where a Salvation Army mobile kitchen was preparing to serve lunch. “The Salvation Army works very closely with FEMA during times of disaster and we are thrilled that the FEMA staff saw our mobile kitchen team in action,” said Alvin Migues, Director of The Salvation Army Disaster Services for Texas. The FEMA Administrator grabbed a piece of paper during the visit and wrote down the number for affected individuals and families to call for assistance. The number, 1-800-621-3362, was posted inside the message board of the mobile kitchen for all to see. “The Salvation Army is one part of the response effort and works with FEMA, other government agencies, and many local disaster partners. These relationships are key to the success of any response effort and we appreciate the support of FEMA.” The number for FEMA assistance is now posted to each Salvation Army mobile kitchen.

Saturday was the first day of meal service by The Southern Baptist Texas Convention kitchen as part of Hurricane Laura response. The commercial-size kitchen and serving area is set up on the basketball pavilion at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Beaumont. Mobile kitchens drive through the serving area and crews load the hot food, packed in heat sealing cambros, directly onto each vehicle. The kitchen prepared 5,000 hot meals for distribution on Saturday and it is anticipated that production will ramp up to 10,000 meals each day in the coming week.

The Salvation Army is serving food in the following fixed locations:

  • Bridge City – Market Basket: 2005 Texas Ave Bridge City, TX
  • Port Arthur – Sam Houston Elementary: 3245 36th Port Arthur, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 114 W. Bolivar St, Vidor TX
  • Jasper/Newton – Newton Church/Food Bank, 501 Main Street, Newton, TX
  • Deweyville High School – 171 TX-12, Deweyville, TX (TX-12 & HWY 87)
  • Huntsville Shelter – HEARTS Veterans Museum: 463 State Highway 75 N, Huntsville, TX

The Salvation Army has served 18,481 meals, 16,270 drinks, 6,608 snacks in affected communities in Southeast Texas since the response effort to Hurricane Laura began on Friday.

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx.

FEMA Directors Visit as 12,000 Meals Served by The Salvation Army in SE Texas

Dallas, Texas (August 30, 2020) – Mobile kitchens from The Salvation Army of Texas served 12,000 meals in SE Texas and Lake Charles, LA, to residents affected by Hurricane Laura on Saturday. 14 teams of Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) staff and volunteers worked tirelessly throughout an extremely hot and humid day to serve hot meals to those in need.

FEMA Directors, including FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, visited a location in Orange County, TX, on Saturday where a Salvation Army mobile kitchen was preparing to serve lunch. “The Salvation Army works very closely with FEMA during times of disaster and we are thrilled that the FEMA staff saw our mobile kitchen team in action,” said Alvin Migues, Director of The Salvation Army Disaster Services for Texas. The FEMA Administrator grabbed a piece of paper during the visit and wrote down the number for affected individuals and families to call for assistance. The number, 1-800-621-3362, was posted inside the message board of the mobile kitchen for all to see. “The Salvation Army is one part of the response effort and works with FEMA, other government agencies, and many local disaster partners. These relationships are key to the success of any response effort and we appreciate the support of FEMA.” The number for FEMA assistance is now posted to each Salvation Army mobile kitchen.

Saturday was the first day of meal service by The Southern Baptist Texas Convention kitchen as part of Hurricane Laura response. The commercial-size kitchen and serving area is set up on the basketball pavilion at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Beaumont. Mobile kitchens drive through the serving area and crews load the hot food, packed in heat sealing cambros, directly onto each vehicle. The kitchen prepared 5,000 hot meals for distribution on Saturday and it is anticipated that production will ramp up to 10,000 meals each day in the coming week.

The Salvation Army is serving food in the following fixed locations:

  • Bridge City – Market Basket: 2005 Texas Ave Bridge City, TX
  • Port Arthur – Sam Houston Elementary: 3245 36th Port Arthur, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 114 W. Bolivar St, Vidor TX
  • Jasper/Newton – Newton Church/Food Bank, 501 Main Street, Newton, TX
  • Deweyville High School – 171 TX-12, Deweyville, TX (TX-12 & HWY 87)
  • Huntsville Shelter – HEARTS Veterans Museum: 463 State Highway 75 N, Huntsville, TX

The Salvation Army has served 18,481 meals, 16,270 drinks, 6,608 snacks in affected communities in Southeast Texas since the response effort to Hurricane Laura began on Friday.

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx.

Salvation Army Serving Amidst Widespread Power Outages in Southeast Texas

Dallas, Texas (August 29, 2020) – Widespread power outages across Southeast Texas are currently one of the main challenges for many residents affected by Hurricane Laura. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams and mobile kitchens pulled into several of the hardest-hit communities on Friday, serving lunch and dinner. The hot meals were gratefully received by residents, many of whom are without power in their homes and have been unable to refrigerate or cook food since the storm.

Eight mobile kitchens, each with the capacity to prepare and deliver 1,500 meals, and three Rapid Response Units, left The Salvation Army warehouse in Beaumont on Friday morning stocked with supplies, meals, and water. Units staffed by Salvation Army trained volunteers and employees from Waco, Lewisville, Midland, Beaumont, Lubbock, Abilene, Granbury, and Tyler were in position at designated locations in time to serve lunch. In Bridge City, news of the lunch-service had been received on social media, and a steady line of people patiently waited to receive food throughout the day on Friday. More than 500 meals were served in Bridge City alone on Friday. The Salvation Army is serving food in the following locations on Saturday:

  • Bridge City – Market Basket: 2005 Texas Ave Bridge City, TX
  • Port Arthur -Sam Houston Elementary: 3245 36th Port Arthur, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 114 W. Bolivar St, Vidor TX
  • Jasper/Newton – Newton County Fairgrounds, 415 Fair Park, Newton, TX
  • Huntsville Shelter – Hearts Veterans Museum: 463 State Highway 75 N, Huntsville, TX

“You are the first help that we have seen since the storm,” explained one grateful resident who has been without power for two days and is working to clean up fallen trees and branches from his home. “I was lucky that I didn’t have any damage to the house but all the food I had in my refrigerator has spoiled since I don’t have power. We’ve been through this before after Hurricane Rita, Ike and Harvey but it’s still so hard to deal with. I am thankful for the help The Salvation Army brings.” He left with a hot plate of chicken, rice and beans and the promise that The Salvation Army team would return in the coming days.

Beginning Saturday, the Southern Baptist Texas Convention Kitchen is preparing the meals to be served from The Salvation Army mobile kitchens. “This is a long-standing relationship that allows staff and volunteers to serve food, kept warm in cambros, as opposed to actually cooking on the mobile kitchen. This simplifies and expedites serving food to hungry residents,” said Alvin Migues, Director of The Salvation Army Disaster Services for Texas. “The Baptist Convention Kitchen will be preparing 5,000 meals a day and expand as needed.”

On Friday, The Salvation Army served 4640 meals, 5138 drinks, 1274 snacks in affected communities in Southeast Texas.

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx.

Salvation Army Mobile Kitchens to Commence Feeding on Friday in Southeast Texas

Dallas, Texas (August 28, 2020) – Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams moved into Southeast Texas after Hurricane Laura blew northwards on a course close to the Texas/Louisiana border on Thursday morning. Much of the area was left without power and damage assessment is underway in affected communities.

In Walker County, Texas, The Salvation Army began providing meals on Tuesday, August 25, at four evacuation shelters housing more than 380 individuals. Residents under mandatory evacuation orders were transported to the shelters in Huntsville by Monday evening. Working closely with local emergency management staff, The Salvation Army teams from Conroe and Austin have been preparing and delivering three meals each day to the shelters. Evacuation shelters are anticipated to remain open until power can be restored and transportation arranged back to the respective cities.

Staging at The Salvation Army disaster warehouse in Beaumont, nine full-size mobile kitchens and two rapid response vehicles will begin feeding operations on Friday morning. “Five mobile kitchens from the Texas Division will head to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to support the response efforts of the Alabama/Louisiana/Mississippi Division after that community bore the brunt of the hurricane,” said Alvin Migues, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army in Texas. “The additional six units will serve at fixed locations in Orange County, Bridge City, and Port Arthur. Each mobile kitchen will be stocked with 2,000 meals and our trained staff will continue to monitor the need in communities throughout the area.”

Partnerships are key to any disaster response effort and The Salvation Army is privileged to work with the Southern Baptist Texas Convention who will set up a field kitchen in Beaumont on Friday. The kitchen has the capacity to produce 10,000 meals each day, and The Salvation Army is planning to utilize 25,000 meals over the span of five days.

“In addition to serving as the staging point for the Texas Division disaster teams, the Beaumont warehouse will be the logistics hub for donated goods and supplies to be distributed to the three Salvation Army divisions impacted by the storm,” said Migues. “We are pleased to have the capacity in Beaumont to assist our neighbors in Louisiana and beyond.”

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx.