Strong Turn Out in Syracuse for Haiti Hunger Relief

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What do you get when you combine more than 2,600 Syracuse volunteers, Numana, and The Salvation Army? Apparently, 867,858 meals for Haiti!

In another one of our Numana community meal packing events for earthquake survivors, citizens of the greater Syracuse, NY area really wowed us by showing up in unexpected numbers and helping us far exceed our expected goal for the event! Individuals of all ages and backgrounds turned out, including a couple and their two 5 year old boys who they just recently adopted from Haiti.

Read the story about Saturday’s event HERE at The Salvation Army Eastern Territory’s website.

Numana’s website lists upcoming meal event locations and dates at

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

If you’ve been following The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Haiti you know that we’ve partnered with Numana, a hunger relief organization, and tens of thousands of volunteers from around the country to pack and ship nutritious and simple meals for earthquake survivors.

Here’s some exciting news:

We’ve reached ten million – 10,000,000 – meals for Haiti since January’s earthquake!

This weekend at multiple events around the country, San Francisco, CA saw more than 1 million meals prepared in one day, volunteers in Champaign-Urbana, IL also packaged 1 million meals, and New London, CT put together 269,016 meals ready to be shipped.

That’s amazing, and we couldn’t do it without the help of our volunteers! If you would like to volunteer at upcoming events or learn more information about Numana, visit their website at

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San Francisco Makes 1 Million Meals for Haiti in Record 15 Hours

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More than 2,000 volunteers turned out to help The Salvation Army and Numana Inc. pack 1 million meals for Haiti last Saturday, completing the extraordinary feat within 15 hours! Our previous events have always been spaced out over 2 days, so thanks to everyone who worked so hard to help us meet this goal.

Salvation Army staff can’t hide their joy after volunteers packed one million meals in less than 24 hours.

With the help of UPS and FedEx, these million meals are in the process of being transported to Haiti where we will distribute them to the tens of thousands of Haitians who are being cared for by our teams.

Read more details about the Million Meals for Haiti event at The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog and see recently posted photos at The Salvation Army San Francisco’s Flickr page.

Learn more about how The Salvation Army San Francisco serves those in need by visiting their website at and stay updated through their Facebook page.

More meal packing events will be taking place around the United States, including one in Philadelphia on May 21 and 22, so stay updated through our blog, Facebook, and Twitter page to see when you can volunteer for the next one in your neighborhood.

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Seeking an Army of Volunteers in Philadelphia

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia is in need of an army of volunteers – more than 5,000 – to help package 1 million meals for survivors of the Haiti earthquake. That’s a lot of people, but we’re confident Philly will show us why they earned the nickname “City of Brotherly Love!”

We’re partnering with Drexel University and Numana, Inc., an international hunger relief organization, to provide nutritious meals targeted to help the immune system of malnourished people. Your efforts are needed to help assemble and package these meals before we send them to Haiti!

Their dinner was made possible by volunteer efforts.

What Do You Need to Do Next?

Mark off Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 on your calendars and plan to be at Drexel University’s State Armory in Philadelphia, PA.

Get friends and SIGN UP for a 2 hour volunteer shift at

Raise awareness by SHARING our Philadelphia Million Meals Facebook Event Page.

Check out The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia’s website for more information.

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Volunteer for San Francisco’s Million Meals Event

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Salvation Army of San Francisco and Numana, Inc. will be holding a Million Meals packing event in the Bay Area this Saturday, April 24 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., and they are still looking for plenty of volunteers to lend a hand!

It’s easy to sign up – just grab some friends (the more the merrier) and select volunteer time slots at The Salvation Army Golden State Division’s online registration.

This event will be unique to those previous because they will attempt to pack all 1 million meals in only 1 day! What better way to help those in need in Haiti by contributing a few hours of your time towards reaching this million meal goal? Plus, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

For more information about and registration for the San Francisco Bay Area’s Million Meals Event, visit The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division’s website at You can also raise awareness by sharing their Facebook Million Meals for Haiti event page!

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Prisoners Package Nearly 1,000,000 Meals for Haiti

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Prisoners at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas packaged 93,146 meals  to help with The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Haiti!   It was a huge success. More…

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USA TODAY Poll: Giving – Haiti vs. Chile

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

According to USA TODAY article “Poll: More donated to Haiti than to Chile after quakes,” a recent USA TODAY/Gallop poll found that nearly half (45%) of respondents donated money to Haiti earthquake relief efforts, whereas less than one third (28%) of respondents donated to Chile aid work for the earthquake that struck the South American nation just more than a month later.

The article discusses several possible reasons for the disparity, but according to those who directly donated to Haiti efforts, 87% of them said they gave based on the amount of the country’s damage, and 73% gave based on the island nation’s dire economic state.

What factors affect you when considering donating to a disaster relief? Did you donate to efforts in Haiti or Chile, and why or why not? What do you think about the poll’s direct and implied findings?

The Salvation Army is actively working in the earthquake devastated communities of both Haiti and Chile, serving human need without discrimination. We have been present in Haiti since 1950, operating schools, clinics, hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and church-related activities across the country. The Salvation Army has also been present and active in Chile since 1909, offering educational outreach, childcare programs, skills training, and anti-drug programs.

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Tax Day Approaches

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Benjamin Franklin once wrote in a letter to French physicist Jean Baptiste Leroy, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”

Now, more than 220 years following those insightful words, Americans are gearing up for Tax Day, as April 15 is only about a week away.

If you still haven’t completed your return or are in need of assistance, The Salvation Army may be able to help.

Some of our Salvation Army community centers are partnering with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to offer free tax preparation and assistance to low income and elderly taxpayers who qualify. You can contact your local Salvation Army community center to see if they offer this service. The IRS website also has more information on the VITA program and offers the contact number 1-800-906-9887 to call for VITA site locations.

The Salvation Army in Sheboygan, Wisconsin said they expect to assist with between 700 and 800 returns this year by the April 15 deadline. In Sioux City, Iowa The Salvation Army’s Captain Capt. Von Vandiver told local news station KPTH 44 that most of their clients received $400 in returns for each taxpayer they helped.

Another useful tool for taxpayers regardless of your income bracket is The Salvation Army’s valuation guide, which you can find here on our website This is incredibly handy for estimating the worth of your tax deductable, in-kind donations from clothes to appliances to cars, and The Salvation Army will provide you with a receipt when you drop them off in store or schedule a home pick up.

Also, don’t forget that if you donated to Haiti relief efforts before March 1, 2010, the federal government passed into law the charitable deduction bill that says your 2010 donation can count towards your 2009 return.

Hopefully this information will be able to help in some way as you work on your return. Best wishes in getting everything completed by April 15!

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Million Meals Event for San Francisco Bay Area

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Salvation Army will host its next Million Meals Event for Haiti relief in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, and this one will be like no other before! Instead of packaging 1 million meals in two days, our goal is to package them all in ONE DAY!

If you haven’t heard of these events before, The Salvation Army distributes one million meals per week in Haiti and will continue to do so over the next six to nine months. In order to meet the demand, meal packing events are being organized around the United States in partnership with Numana .

And that means we need your help! Below is information about how you can be involved. You can also check out the About “Million Meals For Haiti” page to learn about packaging events nationwide and The Salvation Army’s work in Haiti.

WHAT: ONE MILLION meals to help curb hunger in Haiti

WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2010.

Teams are being recruited for the following shifts:
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Cow Palace, Exhibit Building #2, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA., 94014. Free parking, provided by The Cow Palace. Click here for a map to the Cow Palace

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Recruit a team of 12 people (age 10 and older, please) and sign up your team or sign-up as an individual.

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Cots for Haiti

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, and Department of Homeland Security are providing in a tremendous way for Haiti by donating to The Salvation Army thousands of cots for earthquake survivors.

It would take The Salvation Army 3 months to be able to purchase the necessary amount of cots, but today New Jersey, with the approval of its partners, will provide The Salvation Army with 8,000 cots purchased from the Grainger Company. They will be sent to Florida via truck and then transported to Haiti. A backup order has already been made by The Salvation Army for a later date.

These cots, though simple items, will meet a significant need for the displaced population. Tens of thousands of individuals are living in tent cities, making for crowded and unsanitary conditions. The need for cots extends beyond just a place to sleep – parents sometimes spend the night sitting up to hold their children off the ground and safe from the elements. The rainy season has also begun, making conditions worse and threatening lives. These donors’ generosity will provide much needed relief for many.

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