The Salvation Army has stepped up its operations to fill the gaps and meet the growing need left by the Coronavirus Emergency, but we need help to continue serving. Giving monetary donations through is the best way to support this growing mission. Since March 16, the Del Oro Division, which covers Northern California and Northern Nevada, has served meals and given food boxes to more than 64,000 individuals and to more than 13,600 households. Those numbers far exceed our usual food assistance. In fact, Sacramento County alone has seen an 860 percent increase in individuals seeking food assistance over this time last year.
But The Salvation Army is not only providing food during this difficult time. We’re also continuing to operate our homeless and transitional living centers, providing emotional spiritual care and church services through the safety of phones and the internet and also providing some special services for families.
To continue doing so much good, we are asking for the community’s help. The Salvation Army runs on donations, but funds and resources are running out with the need increasing every day due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are asking individuals, businesses, foundations and corporations who are able to help others get through this difficult time to reach out and give a monetary donation. Again, you can give online at covid19.gosalarmy.org. There, you can also find a full list of current services and sign up to become a volunteer.
The Salvation Army will keep doing everything it can as long as local, state and federal health and government guidelines permit. We are following recommendations set forth by the CDC and HUD to keep our facilities, staff, volunteers and clients safe. We’ve also added our own safety measures, like creating drive-thrus for food distributions to ensure social distancing and increasing deliveries to seniors and others who are unable to leave their homes.