When a soup kitchen closed, Salvation Army in Augusta filled the gap

A staff member of the Master’s Table in Augusta, Georgia, recently was diagnosed with COVID-19, forcing the soup kitchen to shut down for cleaning and everyone working there to quarantine – and putting its clientele at risk of hunger. The Salvation Army stepped up to the challenge.

“Some of the people who go to the Master’s Table for lunch are the same folks who come to our Center of Hope for dinner,” said Major Douglas McClure, Augusta area commander and senior Kroc Center officer. “These are…

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Salvation Army teams up to serve at Master’s Table during COVID-19

AUGUSTA (WFXG) – Golden Harvest Food Bank and The Salvation Army of Augusta are teaming up to provide meals for those in need.

Starting Tuesday, July 21 and running through Friday, July 24, food provided by Golden Harvest will be prepared at the Salvation Army’s downtown facility and driver to the Master’s Table on Fenwick St. Guests will be served out of Salvation Army trucks by staff and volunteers.

“This is what we do,” said Maj. Douglas McClure, The Salvation Army of Augusta’s Area Commander. “We’ve got a longstanding relationship with Golden Harvest. When one of our partners needs our help, then we will do what we can do be there for them.” The partnership makes perfect sense, McClure said, because of the overlap in guests at the facilities, adding “I’m sure that some of the people who eat dinner…

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The Salvation Army of Augusta Receives Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Salvation Army of Augusta has received a $20,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. to aid in Covid-19 emergency assistance. The funds received from this grant will go directly towards the cost of providing meals and shelter to those impacted by Covid-19. While the Salvation Army of Augusta is providing 24/7 shelter to Seniors, families with children, and individuals seeking relief, the expanded soup kitchen, located at The Kroc Center of Augusta, is also serving two meals a day to the community.

“We are grateful to Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. for partnering with us to…

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Salvation Army’s local COVID-19 efforts get a boost from Bank of America

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — The Salvation Army of Augusta received a $20,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will go toward providing meals and shelter to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Salvation Army of Augusta’s work is essential to providing services for the homeless in our community throughout this coronavirus pandemic,” said Ora Parish, Augusta market president for Bank of America.

Maj. Douglas McClure, area commander for the Salvation Army, expressed…

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Kroc Center and World Central Kitchen team up to provide food for those in need

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The Kroc Center and World Central Kitchen are teaming up to provide food to those who need it during the pandemic.

The program has already fed over 20,000 people in the last 50 days.

Anyone can go to the Kroc Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day to receive a meal for no charge.

I asked Major Douglas McClure what someone had to do to take part in the program.

“Anybody can walk up here. In fact, if you got ten people in your family and you want to send a couple of people to pick up their meals, we’ll give you enough food for your family. Don’t bring everyone up here; we’re still encouraging social distancing. Come on up here and get a…

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Behind the scenes as Augusta’s Kroc Center gets ready to reopen May 4th

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)– After six weeks of being closed in the coronavirus pandemic, the Kroc Community Center is ready to welcome back its members.

WJBF crews got a behind the scenes look at what it takes to get a massive community center up to strict sanitation standards set by The Salvation Army Headquarters in Atlanta and the State of Georgia, and enforced by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Once the RCSO gave the ok, we were allowed…

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Augusta-area nonprofits to benefit from grants

The Salvation Army is set to receive $75,000 to convert the Center of Hope emergency shelter from an overnight-only to a 24-hour emergency shelter in order to protect the homeless population from infection.

“Honestly, it’s the single largest gift we’ve received during our COVID-19 response. We’re feeding more than we ever have with three meals and two snacks a day and offering tutoring for children,” Maj. Douglas McClure, Salvation Army of Augusta area commander, said.

He said that with all of the area Salvation Army stores, that creates…

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Companies donate food, supplies to Salvation Army of Augusta

Three companies teamed up to donate eight pallets of food and supplies to the Salvation Army of Augusta on Friday.

Renée Florez, transportation manager for RBW Logistics, said she reached out to their local customers to donate supplies to the Salvation Army.

“We really wanted to do something for our community and something that would make an impact in our community,” Florez said.

The pallets were filled with…

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For 73 people, Salvation Army shelter is home for the duration of outbreak

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Although a Salvation Army shelter in Augusta remains open, dozens of people won’t be leaving it until the coronavirus crisis has ended.

The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope — with a shelter and soup kitchen — is operating on a quarantine protocol. Salvation Army officials said 73 people, including four families, are living there for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Families and residents of the shelter are provided…

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Salvation Army soup kitchen moving to Kroc Center

The Salvation Army, which is feeding around 100 residents at its downtown shelter, will relocate its soup kitchen to the Kroc Center on Tuesday.

The move is in response to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, metro Augusta had 20 cases, while the Georgia total jumped from 620 to 772 overnight.

Plans are being finalized to relocate the soup kitchen from the Center of Hope homeless shelter to the Kroc Center, spokesman Chris Bailey said.

To maintain social distancing, “we are still working out the details, but we are talking about making it a drive-through,” he said.

The Kroc Center also will create a way for those in need of food to walk up and get it, he said.

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