An estimated 150,000 people will descend on Indianapolis during the week surrounding Super Bowl XLVI and The Salvation Army stands ready to support in ways that have proven to be a cornerstone of the organization’s ministry.

Such a noteworthy increase in visitors to downtown Indy brings with it an increased need for security. The City of Indianapolis has spent much time, effort and resources to insure the safety and well-being of those visitors – making sure to have Fire, Police, and Medical responders on-hand 24 hours a day during Super Bowl week.

In addition to the taxing work these servants do, their shifts can be exhausting too. The Salvation Army has a reputation for being  team players and efficiently easing the burden on these folks of searching for food & hydration. Making their workload easier by providing warm drinks & snacks on-site with a kind smile is something the Army does well.

That’s why we’ve been asked by the Indpls. Fire Buffs to assist by serving 1,700 meals from two of our mobile canteens. Beginning January 30 and up through February 6, volunteers and staff will provide meal service  to all security personnel. Our Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) warehouse will also be used for some preparation and delivery.

The Salvation Army’s Canteens and Mobile Feeding Kitchens continue to be a reliable icon at major events and disaster sites. The Salvation Army was the first relief agency to reach Ground Zero only half hour after the attacks on Sept. 11 and served 3.2 million meals in the months that followed. Our EDS volunteers serve in this capacity all over the world – most recently in Haiti and Japan following the earthquakes.

It’s a pleasure to serve the Central Indiana community in this way and we’re looking forward to our role during Super Bowl in Indy!