New $100,000 Canteen for The Salvation Army of Joplin, Missouri

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Last week, The Salvation Army of Joplin, MO, unveiled a new $100,000 mobile canteen courtesy of Beacon Roofing Supply, a timely donation as the country’s tornado season began earlier this month.

For those who are unfamiliar with these vehicles, The Salvation Army’s canteens are full service kitchens on wheels that deploy during times of disaster.

Stationed in Joplin and equipped with two microwaves which convert to conventional ovens, refrigerators, sinks, and multiple stacks of warming trays, this full service kitchen on wheels has the ability to serve 1,500 meals per day to survivors, first responders and volunteers during times of disaster.

In the aftermath of the devastating tornado that hit Joplin, MO, on May 22, 2011, The Salvation Army of Joplin provided relief to tornado survivors with a canteen that was shared with the Springfield and Branson areas. Dave Evans, Advisory Board member for The Salvation Army, says that this new donation will shorten response time to the surrounding areas during disasters.

The Salvation Army canteens provide food, drinks, and comfort to survivors and first responders following disasters, like this one from the 2011 Joplin tornado.

“It is a tremendous asset to us to have this here because Jasper County has the highest annual average of tornadoes,” said Evans. “We can be on the ground and responding as quickly as possible to people in our own backyard.”

In addition, the vehicle will aid in providing other disaster services to area residents as well with future relief efforts all over the country.

We would like to give thanks to Beacon Roofing Supply for their generous donation! Thank you for helping The Salvation Army continue to “Do the Most Good.”

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