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Feeding the Hungry
- Operation Feed the Need Phoenix, Feeding Las Vegas Together, The Ray & Joan Kroc Center Phoenix, a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Farmers to Families” initiative, several other contactless, drive-thru events, farmers markets at senior communities, deliveries to the homebound neighbors, and more have provided thousands of emergency food boxes, household supplies and PPE to families in need across the Southwest.
- Arizona-based restaurant Salad and Go has partnered with The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix since the early days of the pandemic to provide monthly the fixings and packaging for healthy, organic salads that are prepared by dedicated Army volunteers. The salads are then distributed to Salvation Army Corps Community Centers to feed their neighborhoods. This collaboration has provided well over 32,000 salads to the hungry to date.
- The Salvation Army North West Valley Corps in Surprise, Arizona has served well over 50,000 meals to support those affected by COVID. That is in addition to the free breakfasts the Corps serves to the community year-round, four days per week.
- Helping struggling tribal communities, The Salvation Army has supplied food boxes, water, dairy products, meals, snack items, PPE, sanitizer, and more to the Navajo Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Nation, and Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe.
- The Salvation Army in Mesa, Arizona – with help from residents of the Superstition Buttes Mobile Home Park – prepared and delivered as many as 85 meals each weekday for several weeks to elderly park residents who were sheltering in place in April 2020.
- The Salvation Army Roswell Corps Community Center in Roswell, New Mexico, operates an impressive emergency food bank of nearly 22,000 square feet.
- The food bank averages a monthly emergency food box distribution of 600-650 boxes, serving 950-1,100 people per month.
- Additionally, in collaboration with the state of New Mexico, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, led by the Army, serves 18 counties and distributes 3,250 food boxes each month.
- The Corps also delivers meals to area homeless three times per week.
- Salvation Army Corps Community Centers in Hobbs, New Mexico, and Chandler, Arizona, offer “client choice” food pantries, designed to help people develop healthier food decisions and better resource-management skills. In a safe, sanitized, and socially-distanced setting, the pantries give shoppers the dignity of choosing foods they like, rather than getting a prepackaged food box with items they may not use or know how to prepare.
- In Sierra Vista, Arizona, The Salvation Army offers an immensely popular kids culinary arts program that teaches youngsters how to make healthy, nutritional meals on their own, which helps them continue those good habits to be successful physically, socially, academically, and emotionally. The program is currently being conducted virtually.
- The Salvation Army Sierra Vista also partners with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona for contactless, drive-thru food box distributions four times a month and brings food, pet food, clothing, books, and other items monthly to the Palominos area, aiding almost 70 families in a very rural community where many do not have transportation to get to services.
- Tens of thousands of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served annually to neighbors in need across the Southwest Division. In metro Phoenix alone, nearly 16,000 holiday meals were provided in 2020.