New York City Officials Appoint Salvation Army
Coordinate Feeding at City Shelters
Alexandria, Virginia (October 30, 2012) – As
Hurricane Sandy barreled up the East Coast, leaving mass destruction and power
outages in its wake, The Salvation Army prepared for a long-term
disaster response and recovery operation. Feeding has already begun at
shelters in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and mobile canteen units
will deploy to the areas of greatest need as damage is assessed in the coming
days. Crews will provide food, hydration, clean-up kits as well as emotional
and spiritual care.
In New York City, officials from the Office of Emergency
Management have appointed The Salvation Army as the lead agency for the
City’s Food Access Plan, to coordinate feeding at city shelters. For the
next few days The Salvation Army will be serving food at Seward High School in
lower Manhattan where 1,000 people are being fed breakfast, lunch and
“It’s clear now that Hurricane Sandy was and continues to be a
major and historic storm impacting millions of people,” said Major
George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in
the United States. “Residents of the impacted areas can rest assured
that The Salvation Army will be with them for the long-haul – providing
practical, physical and spiritual support at the areas of greatest
Current Salvation Army activities in other impacted areas include:
In New Jersey:
- The Salvation Army is serving meals, snacks and drinks to
hundreds of evacuees at 11 shelters in five counties.
- While serving meals at a shelter in Union Beach, a Salvation Army
canteen and a volunteer vehicle were flooded when waters rose
unexpectedly. Despite the loss of these vehicles Salvation Army volunteers
continued to serve meals to both displaced residents and
- Local senior citizens found refuge from Hurricane Sandy
at The Salvation Army building in Red Bank.
- In Montclair, The Salvation Army is operating a
“charging” center for members of the community needing to
charge their phones, computers, or other electronic devices.
- A canteen is embedded with Task Force 1, the State's
official search and rescue team.
Elsewhere in New York:
- The Salvation Army provided food and shelter assistance at two
locations in Albany as Sandy impacted that area last night.
- On Long Island, The Salvation Army is assisting the
American Red Cross with redistribution of supplies to eight shelters.
- The Salvation Army is serving approximately 1,000 meals per day in
nine shelters throughout the Philadelphia area.
- In Lehigh Valley and West Chester, the Army is providing meals at
In Stamford, CT:
- The Salvation Army has served more than 400 meals and will serve
650 dinners tonight using supplies collected for this year’s
The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply
warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization. There are
more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United
States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.
In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The
Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
• Clean-up kits containing
brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Communications support
The Salvation Army also provides a ministry of presence to residents
looking for hope in the midst of turmoil. Pastoral care is available for all
those impacted, but is not a prerequisite for receiving assistance. The
Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to
stay informed of and heed all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster
response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and
water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and
battery powered radios.
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and
personnel are mobilized.
- Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyPendel.org or by calling
- You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
- Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationar
myusa.org. Please note that disaster service
training is a
prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all
volunteers will be called on to serve.
- At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used
furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However,
are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local
Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army
or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
Your donations make a real difference.
- A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
- A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family
of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops,
other cleaning supplies
- A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and
emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
- A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a
hydration station operational for 24 hours
- A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit)
fully operational for one day
The Salvation Army is one of the nation’s largest providers
of disaster service and responds to hundreds of disasters across the
- Hurricane Katrina (August 2005): The Salvation Army
provided more than 5.6 million meals to
survivors and first
responders of Hurricane Katrina, and 2.5 million
assisted with emergency food, casework, emotional and spiritual
- Haitian Earthquake (January 2010): The Salvation Army
packaged and delivered more than 10 million meals to Haiti,
and more than 27,000 survivors were treated at
medical facilities. Additionally, The Salvation Army distributed
8,000 hygiene kits.
- U.S. Tornado Outbreak (April & May 2011): The
Salvation Army served nearly one million meals and
distributed 50,000 hygiene kits, and more than 10,000 people
emotional and spiritual care.
* Message & Data Rates May Apply.
How to Donate:
Via our secure, on-line donations page using the link above
Text the word STORM
to donate $10
Through the mail
Send a check or money order to:
701 North Broad Street
Please indicate 2012 Hurricane Relief on your