The Salvation Army has served nearly 100,000 meals throughout the gulf coast area as a result of Hurricane Gustav.  This includes food service for evacuees, volunteers and other first responders who are helping in the evacuation. The Salvation Army has more than 100 mobile feeding units, two 54′ mobile kitchens and multiple fixed feeding sites at its Corps and other outposts throughout the region. The Army’s total current feeding capability from Texas to Florida is more than 560,000 meals per day.

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On Sunday, The Army set up feeding sites on evacuation routes, including at the Alabama Welcome Center on Interstate 20/59.  And, it provided lunch and dinner for 300 bus drivers at a site near Hattiesburg, MS, and has multiple locations open through Texas and the surrounding states.

In addition, The Army has staging areas in Hattiesburg and Tyler, TX to support the gulf coast.  Volunteers, staff and vehicles are converging on those locations to wait for deployment with other equipment and supplies.

The Army also has a number of shelters open throughout the region, including five shelters operating in Texas, with others potentially available.

“Right now, The Salvation Army is fulfilling its mission to serve by helping evacuees, volunteers and response workers in the gulf coast area,” said Major Gene Hogg, Divisional Secretary for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

In addition to feeding, sheltering and evacuation, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:
Clea up kits – containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies – hygiene kits, drinking water, shower units, first-aid supplies, missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org) and emotional/spiritual care.