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Salvation Army plans to keep soup kitchen open

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 15:40:34-04

As Hurricane Laura makes its way toward the Southwest Louisiana area, The Salvation Army says they will monitor the situation closely and are preparing to respond as needed.

There are currently 14 mobile feeding units, which can produce a combined total of about 10,000 meals per day, on standby and ready to serve the affected areas throughout Louisiana.

The Salvation Army Lafayette Corps has prepared for flood warnings, and all buildings have been secured. A canteen has been stocked with food, water, and other essentials, and the team is preparing for any potential mass feedings that will take place throughout Lafayette and surrounding areas.

The thrift store will close early today(Wednesday) due to this afternoon’s flood warnings. The soup kitchen remains open, and lunch and dinner are still being served at 12 PM and 4 PM daily.

“Our community has been sandbagging, so we are prepping for floods. We may receive a lot of flooding, so we are ready to jump in and serve. We are ready to serve by making the necessary preparations with staging emergency service vehicles and working with local authorities,” stated Lieutenant Thomas Johnson, Lafayette Corps Officer.

As natural disasters can increase mental stress, The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline remains available. Anyone needing a caring listener – whether because of natural disaster, COVID-19, or the stress of life in general – can call 844-458-HOPE (4673) for support.

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. To donate to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts, visit HelpSalvationArmy.org