The Salvation Army Community Meals program which serves a breakfast and dinner to hungry residents in the Metro-Richmond area hit a new landmark in the number of meals served in a single month. For the month of January the program served a total of 5,751 meals to hungry individuals and families, the previous high was a total of 4,620 meals served in December 2013.
“We initially heard a lot of people saying that the cut in food stamps wasn’t going to affect them that greatly,” said Cherry Lee, Case Manager at The Salvation Army. “These numbers don’t lie though, many people suffered a reduction of anywhere from $11 to $36 a month and they came to us for help making up for that decrease.”
Effective November 1, 2013, The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also referred to as food stamps, lost the boost it had previously received from the 2009 Recovery Act which meant a decrease in benefits to nearly every household in the country on SNAP. In Virginia, there are 941,000 SNAP recipients, 11% of the population, who, for a household of four, will lose $396 annually in SNAP benefits. (See Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for full report data.)
“This is a big deal,” said Toni Hutchinson, Case Manager at The Salvation Army. “We had a women who used to just bring her own two kids to dinner, now she brings her neighbor’s four kids as well.”
Since the beginning of May, The Salvation Army has offered the Community Meals feeding program to hungry citizens in the Metro-Richmond area. The program had previously been offered by the Freedom House and was continued by The Salvation Army after the Freedom House closed. The Community Meals program receives support from several community churches, schools and organizations who help with both food preparation and serving.
“We are so blessed to have a great group of volunteers and supporters who are passionate about feeding the hungry,” said Interim Volunteer Coordinator Joanna Brown. “We average four nights a week where a volunteer group prepares and delivers these meals to our kitchen to be served, that makes a big difference.”
The program offers breakfast every weekday beginning at 5:15 a.m. and ending at 6:15 a.m. and offers dinner seven days a week beginning at 6:15 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Joanna Brown at The Salvation Army at (804) 591-3826.
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Hi, my name is Captain Shawana Brown and along with my husband, whom you heard from last week we are excited to be sharing from God’s word with you. I hope you had the opportunity to study Jeremiah 33 which my husband shared a message from last week. What I would like to ask you today is, has there ever been a time you felt powerless?
Within my husband’s devotional last week he mentioned God being the creator of the earth. And that is where I would like you to go with me today, to the beginning. The story of creation is found in Genesis chapters 1 & 2 (click here see these chapters in New King James Version). These first 2 chapters have 2 purposes which are first to identify God as the creator of the world and second to show God’s sovereign power as the creator of all things.
As you study these 2 chapters take a moment to find God’s initial response to His creation in chapter 1 verses 1-13, how He carefully fills the earth in verses 14-25 and His creation of man and woman beginning in chapter 1 verse 26 and ending in chapter 2 with verse 25.
God is sovereign, meaning He has all authority and power over all things. His authority rules over the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the things or events in life we may not understand. On the days you are on top of the world, remember the powerful God who created this world for you to enjoy and give Him thanks. On the days you are in the valley, and feel powerless, remember that same powerful God who created the earth, in much detail, created you and can give you power over whatever circumstance you are facing.
Isn’t it great to know you have a powerful God on your side? Trust in His power for your life, after all He did create you. God bless and see you next time.
This week’s News Update features an interview with Governor Terry McAuliffe while he visited The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. We also spoke with our Education Coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club about keeping kids in school to earn their diplomas.
The Salvation Army’s Step-Up program is getting homeless women with children out of our shelter and onto solid ground for themselves and their families.
Get inspiration from a GED graduate from our Community Education Center and get a first look at the new front desk area at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.http://youtu.be/eIk9G-W19KY
This Salvation Army News Update features a recap of highlights of The Salvation Army’s work in 2013.http://youtu.be/nAxJhvdFSbU
In the evening of Tuesday, August 5 The Salvation Army of Central Virginia will host events at two locations as part of National Night Out in an effort to promote engaged communities and resistance to violence.
Beginning at 5:30PM, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in the east end of Church Hill will welcome all community members to the Club on 3701 R Street to participate in games, recreational activities, face-painting, bounce houses, and other entertainment.
“National Night Out is an event that is designed to bring the community, neighbors, alumni, and parents together to build healthy relationships,” said Dot Crenshaw, Program Director at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. “We also use it as an opportunity to remember our fallen community members.”
Also at 5:30PM, members and volunteers from The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps on 5327 Orcutt Lane will take the mobile kitchen, used primarily for disaster relief feeding, down the street to the Timbercreek Apartment Homes and continue their ministry to the residents of that community.
“We want the community to know we are there to support them in whatever way we can,” said Captain Shawana Brown of The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps. “Not only do we want to be a physical support through food, games and friendship, but most importantly to share the love of Jesus.”
The mobile kitchen will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks and popsicles to Timbercreek residents.
Admission is free to the event at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and all community members interested in volunteering on the mobile kitchen with the Citadel Corps are encouraged to call Ashley Coffman at 745-5524.
About National Night Out
National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.