The Salvation Army thrift store permanently closes in Albany

After more than thirty years as part of the Albany community, The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store will be not be re-opening. The store has been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that shutdown will now be permanent.

The first priority of the store was to raise funds to continue offering social services, disaster services and homeless outreach, but the current financial crisis, due in large part to the pandemic, has made it…

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Salvation Army of Albany working to restock supplies for food distribution

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Food is still badly needed by people in need in Albany, according to the Salvation Army. The organization is working to obtain more emergency supplies to keep distributing food during the pandemic. Through April, and so far in May, the Salvation Army has supplied thousands of boxes of food to people in need. On Thursday it will give out the last of the food boxes it has for distribution. “Yes, the need is still here, deeply. You know, I think the city has been hit…

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400 families fed during Salvation Army food distribution

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – The Salvation Army fed over 400 families during their latest food distribution. Cars filled the parking lot of the Albany Civic Center on Thursday to get a box of food during these uncertain times. Salvation Army Captain Rebecca Sullivan said she encourages people to continue to listen to local government.

“We are all in this together, so it…

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Salvation Army host food distribution for local organizations

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Feeding the Valley Food Bank supplied products for three food distributions on Thursday. Those were for the Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club of Albany, and Life Church in Leesburg. Feeding the Valley Food Bank gave about 10,000 pounds of food altogether for three food distributions Thursday. Salvation Army Captain Rebecca Sullivan said they also partnered with Midwest Foods, who helps them with disaster relief. They were able to give out more than…

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Albany’s Salvation Army offers food assistance for families in need during COVID-19 crisis

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Albany’s Salvation Army is helping families during the COVID-19 crisis by holding a food drive throughout the month. The Salvation Army said hunger has become a real problem in Albany with the lack of employment and students at home without school meals. The boxes that are being provided are filled with non-perishable foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries and even toilet paper. David Blackwell, the chair of the advisory board, said Thursday’s turnout was greater… 

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Salvation Army giving out meal boxes to assist families during COVID-19 pandemic

The Salvation Army of Albany has teamed with Midwest Company in Atlanta to distribute meal boxes. The meal boxes can feed up to four people, three to four meals a day. Thursday morning was the first day of distribution, where over 1,300 meal boxes were given out. The Salvation Army Board Member, David Blackwell said…

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Albany’s Salvation Army taking aim at hunger during COVID-19 crisis

ALBANY, Ga. – The Albany Salvation Army says hunger has become a real problem in Albany in the midst of the COVID 19 crisis.

To address the issue, the organization is holding a food distribution Thursday morning. The Salvation Army will continue to distribute food for the next six Thursdays. The Salvation Army said hunger has become a much more difficult problem, especially since the Dougherty County School System stopped providing meals for students. “We just think the greater need is here since we are a hotspot. But also because the schools…

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Salvation Army taking initiative to help community during COVID-19

The Salvation Army of Albany is providing two meals to the community throughout the day.

Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. while dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Meals can be provided to everyone who cares to take advantage, even if they’re not homeless.

According to Rebecca Sullivan, the Salvation Army is also…

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Albany LIberty House director anticipates an increase in domestic violence cases due to pandemic

The Salvation Army of Albany also is continuing to offer shelter and two meals a day.

Capt. James Sullivan said the local Salvation Army closed its thrift store last week and shut down its warehouse operation.

Sullivan said the organization also has altered the way meals are served. Instead of eating in the dining area, meals are served outdoors, with clients keeping a safe distance between each other as food is served.

“We have seen an increase,” Sullivan said. “We’re feeding about 45 or 50 people a day, breakfast and dinner.”

The Place 4 Hope, part of the Salvation Army’s operation that offers people a place to get on the internet, make phone calls and wash clothes, also has remained open.

Employees also are screening individuals who stay at the shelter with a list of health questions and having them maintain a safe distance apart, Sullivan said.

“We’re just trying to protect people through distancing, making sure we have plenty of hand sanitizer, letting them wash their hands,” he said.

Salvation Army will “continue to fulfill their mission” in wake of COVID-19

While many organizations in the area may be closing their doors in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Salvation Army wants the public to know they’re not turning anyone away.

Captain Rebecca Sullivan says the shelter will remain open and is operating at normal hours.

“Someone walks into these doors, that they still have something to eat,” Sullivan said. “And they also have a bed to lay their head down.”

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