JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Salvation Army, the nation’s largest social services organization, is increasing efforts to meet demand.
During the coronavirus pandemic, millions have lost their jobs or the ability to feed their families. More and more are starting to reach out to food banks, like the Salvation Army, for help.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Salvation Army has distributed more than 72,000 meals across Florida. They said their demand nearly doubles each week.
“I anticipate our needs will more than double in a week or so once the community,” Major Keith Biggers said. “Those with loss of income begin to have to reach out to agencies such as the Salvation Army for assistance.”
On Monday, the Salvation Army distributed 31 food pantry food boxes, 71 community lunches, and 64 community dinners in Jacksonville. They also service 96 adults at their shelter downtown.
“We’re also ramping up our services with the Center of Hope to prepare ourselves with those who come to us with needs utilities, rent or such assistance,” Major Keith Biggers said.
To meet demand, the organization has created new services. It includes a new lunch drive-thru service where volunteers hand out free meals. They also created a new field kitchen to continue meal distribution while practicing social distancing.
As they continue to serve the community, first responders and government leaders, they need the community’s support.
Anyone who can donate to their cause can find more here: https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/.