Salvation Army Feeding Units deployed to Kentucky

JACKSON, Miss. -- The Salvation Army's ALM Division has deployed three Mobile Feeding Units and crews from Jackson, Miss, Birmingham, Ala, and Huntsville, Ala. to Henderson, Kentucky to serve residents without power after last weeks ice storms.

"Every day we are learning of more and more pockets of need," says Ray Dalrymple, the Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for the Kentucky and Tennessee Division.

The weekend's bright sunshine and warmer weather allowed utility recovery crews to make a significant dent in their task.  Time and weather also helped provide access to previously impassable roads.  Authorities suspect these two things have allowed residents of small communities to get in touch with The Salvation Army to request much needed assistance.

Because the Salvation Army is a national leader in Emergency Disaster Services, a network is already in place to provide additional support when a local area needs it. Putting action to words, communities in Kentucky will see mobile feeding units (canteens) and their crew from Georgia, Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama, as well as Tennessee.

The length of time that the canteen will stay in Kentucky is unknown at this time, but as always, The Salvation Army will be onsite throughout this disaster until we are no longer needed.

Salvation Army Disaster Services are funded solely by the generous donations of the American public.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Ike to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors' most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for four days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.

The Salvation Army is currently not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims, please forward these donations to The Salvation Army Family Store nearest you.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to