Salvation Army Feeds Thousands of Victims of Soudelor on Saipan

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Salvation Army provides hot meals for Typhoon survivors in Saipan. 

Saipan – One hot meal at a time–that’s how the Salvation Army, located across the street from Hopwood Junior high school, is helping families who endured the wrath of Typhoon Soudelor on Saipan.  

 

 The group serves an average of 800 hot meals daily from Monday to Saturday from 11 am. to 1 pm. In one occasion, The Salvation Army served over 2,000 meals. Volunteer coordinator Shelly Scott explained that families with no power and water at home do not have the proper resources to store food and are heavily reliant on the organization’s efforts. “Just being able to cook for some people is hard. For us, if we can give someone a hot meal every day, it’s not a lot but it’s something,” Scott said. Salvation Army members from Chuuk assisted in the soup kitchen the past days and more pacific island members from the Marshall Islands are expected to arrive on island soon to assist. “Helping in the soup kitchen puts into perspective any uncomfort I am experiencing,” Scott added. Ana Lizama is a long time volunteer chef for the Salvation Army. She is one of over 20 volunteers who work at the feeding center. “It feels good to help those in need,” she told PNC while preparing the day’s meal. 

 One typhoon survivor used to volunteer her time to serve meals at the soup kitchen. After Typhoon Soudelor ravaged the island, she stood in line to receive a meal herself. “It’s a very good thing that the Salvation Army is doing. Before I was a member here,” she said.  A grandfather waited for his turn to get food earlier today(Fri.) for his family of eight. “This is a great help. More people should line up here to get food,” he said. Another typhoon survivor could be seen leaving with water, juice, and milk to bring home. “Things are still not good. We are still suffering from the situation,” she told PNC as she left the soup kitchen. 

For updates and information on donations and volunteering, visit the Salvation Army’s Facebook page at CNMI Salvation Army.