Update: Joplin Relief Stats & Brief

As of 12pm Wednesday, The Salvation Army had served more than 16,000 hot meals to Joplin tornado survivors.

The following information represents The Salvation Army’s efforts in Joplin, as of 12:00 PM Wednesday, May 26:

  • Served 16,692 hot meals and 2,566 snacks and 6,170 drinks.
  • Provided 6 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), including units from Springfield, Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri, Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma,
  • A Satellite Communications truck is in place and handling phone, computer and internet communications.
  • Delivered emotional/spiritual care to 200 people and prayers have been offered with 36
  • Initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
  • 8 Salvation Army officers (pastors), 13 employees and 103 volunteers have served 2,002.5 hours.

Locations of feeding stations

Feeding operations are taking place at the following locations:

  • The Salvation Army Joplin Corps Community Center, 320 E. 8th Street, Joplin, MO
  • St. John’s Hospital at 26th & Maiden, Joplin, MO
  • 2502 S. Main St., Joplin, MO. The “Oasis Tent” is meant to serve as a location for community members to come together in a sheltered place and receive “One stop service” with food, water, spiritual and emotional care, minor medical care and other basic services.

Mobile Feeding Sites

Mobile kitchens from the following locations are roving throughout the disaster area, providing—as much as possible—regularly scheduled routes to offer food and beverages to responders and survivors: Kirksville, Sedalia, and Springfield, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas.

Other Emergency Disaster Services Ongoing in Joplin:

  • The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services relief teams in Joplin; are recognized by the Federal Government and can access roads and areas currently closed off to the general public.
  • The Salvation Army is using an all-terrain vehicle and mobilizing “foot soldiers” to go to the people to minister, provide food and bottled water to those who are in need.
  • An Emergency Disaster Services ‘Store’ is now located at the old Joplin thrift store on 7th Street and opened Thursday morning at 9 a.m. After receiving vouchers from on-site social workers, survivors may “shop” for items such as clothing, diapers, toiletries, etc.

Corporate Donations

  • Sprint donated 1,500 prepaid cell phones.
  • The Charlie Daniels Band is scheduled to play a concert at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri on Saturday with $5.00 of each ticket sold going to The Salvation Army.
  • A Kansas City Advisory Board member secured several generous donations from Sam’s Club including approximately 8 pallets of Gatorade, plus gloves and shopping carts that will be used at the EDS store. Sam’s Club also donated one freezer truck and one 45 foot refrigerator truck.

Kansas City’s Response to Sedalia, Missouri, Tornado

On Wednesday, May 25 a tornado hit the town of Sedalia, Missouri. The Sedalia Salvation Army’s team was already on site in Joplin. Within 1 hour of the tornado in Sedalia, a mobile kitchen from Kansas City was on its way to aid Sedalia.

To donate to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also find more information about giving here.