Salvation Army Serves Hundreds of Meals Out of Canteens, Provides Emotional and Spiritual Support at Shelter and Resource Center

“As local residents begin to re-enter the neighborhoods, trained Salvation Army workers and volunteers will be here to offer comfort, prayer and hope for healing as they grieve their loss and seek the strength to rebuild.”

Rockford, IL – Teams of Salvation Army disaster workers and volunteers have worked in shifts around the clock since arriving on the scene of the tornado devastation on Thursday evening. The Salvation Army has stationed an 18-foot-long, mobile commercial-grade field kitchen outside their Rockford corps community center, where staff and volunteers spent yesterday preparing meals of fried chicken, ravioli, spaghetti and deli sandwiches.

So far, more than 280 meals; 260 bottles of water, Gatorade and coffee; and more than 100 snacks have been served out of The Salvation Army’s mobile canteen, stationed at the disaster operations staging area on Main Street, just south of Highway 72 outside of Kirkland. The Salvation Army will remain at the site in the days ahead, and as long as needed, not only to provide sustenance, nourishment and encouragement to first responders, but to serve to local residents who will gradually begin to re-enter the area today and assess the tornado’s impact.

In Rochelle, staff and volunteers from The Salvation Army’s Heartland Division, based in Peoria, have been serving meals out of canteens at several additional locations. They have also been serving local residents at the shelter and multi-agency resource center set up at Rochelle High School and at a second center the United Methodist Church on 4th Avenue.

“As residents begin to come back into their neighborhoods today, and witness the tornado’s devastation to their homes and communities, reality begins to truly sink in, so this is a very traumatic and fragile time,” says Major David Dalberg, Emergency Disaster Services Director of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “Our staff and volunteers are specially trained to provide sensitive, caring emotional and spiritual support. We will be here to offer nourishment, not only for the body, but for the soul, coming alongside them and offering comfort and hope for healing as they grieve their losses and seek the strength to rebuild. We will pray with those who seek solace and hope through their faith.”

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) teams from Rockford, Elk Grove Village, Peoria and Carpentersville have been serving around the clock since being deployed on Thursday afternoon. The teams arrived as soon as it was safe to proceed into the communities hardest hit by the tornadoes.

Monetary donations are needed to support first responders & victims of this and future disasters.

The quickest and most effective way to support the efforts of The Salvation Army in times like this is by making an online donation at or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

To make an automatic $10 donation to support local Salvation Army disaster response efforts you can also text SACHICAGO to 80888 *. Donors may also mail a check to The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division, 5040 N. Pulaski, Chicago, Il, 60630.

One hundred percent of your donations will be used to provide food, water, clothing and other support for survivors and first responders of this and future disasters.

Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering donated items (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any donated items can be sent to the disaster area at this time. In times of disaster, our thrift stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to

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2 Replies to “Salvation Army Serves Hundreds of Meals Out of Canteens, Provides Emotional and Spiritual Support at Shelter and Resource Center”

    1. Hello Cheryl,
      To find out how you can volunteer, please contact our divisional volunteer manager at 773-205-3502. Or contact the local corps in Winnebago County at 815-226-4400.

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