Mission: The mission of The Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Community Need: Individuals and families cannot be successful without the minimal food, shelter and clothing. One of the most prevalent needs is food. Approximately 22.1 million children and teens receive free and reduced-price meals. But only about 1 in 6 of those (approximately 3.8 million) participate in the summer meal programs. According to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, one in seven children struggle with hunger. Of all of their clients, 29% are children under the age of 18. The Salvation Army in Staunton is easily accessible with a full kitchen, and can provide access to meals during the summer months.
Primary Activities: The Salvation Army in Staunton serves individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless or experiencing financial crisis. The Salvation Army provides assistance for families in need in the following forms: energy/ utility assistance (electric, oil, fuel, and water); homelessness prevention through case management and financial assistance for past due rents, mortgages, and evictions; and toiletries, clothing vouchers, among other needs.
The Salvation Army in Staunton also seeks to increase the number of children in the community who participate in youth enrichment programs. It aims to serve underprivileged children at no cost to their families. It allows young people to join activities such as scouting, music, art, summer camps which they would not otherwise due to the costs associated with them.
Constituents Served: The Salvation Army serves men, women, and children from Staunton and western Augusta County who are in need of basic human services. The Salvation Army in Staunton served 2,117 individuals last year. These include men, women, and children. The special Christmas Assistance Program served 360 children between the ages of 0 and 12.
Program Details: The Summer Food Service Program operates in schools, public housing centers, community centers, playgrounds, camps, parks and churches. Organizations that may qualify to participate in the program include public or private nonprofit schools, local governments, public or private nonprofit residential summer camps, and private nonprofit organizations such as faith-based and community-based organizations. The program — which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — allows organizations to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program in communities where at least 50 percent of the children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
The program will run from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at The Salvation Army in Staunton facility on West Beverley Street five days a week during the summer months. The Army’s request includes funds to pay for two part time seasonal workers to cook for and care for children participating in the program. Initially, they aim to serve 25 children.
Amount Requested: $7,500
Operating Budget: $751,856