LITTLE CAESARS LOVE KITCHEN SERVES FREE PIZZA TO NEEDY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen is rolling into The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Washington, DC to provide enough fresh Little Caesars pizza meals to feed nearly 600 people in need on August 22. The Salvation Army GRATE Patrol will distribute a great deal of the pizzas to those without a place to call home living on the streets of DC.

A pizza kitchen on wheels, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen travels across the continental United States and Canada meeting the needs of the hungry, the homeless and disaster survivors. 

“The Love Kitchen was created to provide quality meals for people who need them,” said Little Caesars local franchisee Richard Ruggiero. “As a member of the area business community, it’s important to me to support people when they need it and help make the community stronger. I’m excited to support this program with food and staff to provide a quality meal for people who otherwise may not get one.”

Major Steve Morris, Area Commander of The Salvation Army National Capital region, said, “We are very grateful to Mr. Ruggiero and the entire Little Caesars Love Kitchen team for providing those in need with these delicious and much needed meals.  Our hope is this will bring a smile to the faces of our clients with no place to call home and lighten their burden of wondering where their next meal will come from.”

In 2010, The Salvation Army GRATE Patrol provided over 54,000 nutritious meals to homeless men and women living on the streets of the nation’s capital. Created in 1985, the GRATE Patrol homeless outreach program brings help those without a place to live and call Washington’s streets home. The Salvation Army offers not only a nutritious meal to the clients, but employs a dedicated full time caseworker that helps them to find medical services and more.

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen has fed more than two million people in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. It has also responded to disasters such as the floods in North Dakota and Iowa, the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast area in 2008 and in 2005, the site of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the 1995 Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. Established by Little Caesars in 1985, the Love Kitchen exemplifies Little Caesars’ strong tradition of giving back to America’s communities.

“We know that it’s important to reach out to the communities where we do business, and help make a difference,” said David Scrivano, president, Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. “As a family company, we are proud to work together with our local franchisees and company-owned stores to coordinate the vehicle, staff and food and to be there for people in Washington, D.C. who need assistance.”

Local Little Caesars franchise owners and company regional offices donate all food and labor costs for the Love Kitchen servings.  An estimated 50,000 Little Caesars franchise owners and employees have volunteered their time over the years to support the program in their local communities. 

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC. 

About Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Little Caesars Pizza founders Michael and Marian Ilitch opened their first restaurant in Garden City, Michigan, in 1959. Little Caesars, the fastest growing pizza chain, built more stores in the world in 2009 than any other pizza brand and today is the largest carry-out chain globally with restaurants on five continents. Little Caesars is growing in prime markets across the country, and is offering strong franchisee candidates an opportunity for independence with a proven system. For the third year in a row, Little Caesars was named “Best Value in America”* of all quick-serve restaurant chains. In addition, Little Caesars offers strong brand awareness with one of the most recognized and appealing characters in the country, Little Caesar.

THE SALVATION ARMY IS CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

August 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Please join us in Doing the Most Good by volunteering to ring bells this month

Washington, DC – The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command and Giant Food of Landover, Md., together announced a summer “Need Knows No Season” giving campaign Tuesday morning. The Salvation Army is bringing its iconic Red Kettles to 50 neighborhood Giant Food grocery stores in the Greater Washington region. Bell ringers and red kettles will be in front of select Giant stores August 12 and August 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. and August 13 and August 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In conjunction with Tuesday morning’s announcement, The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to help to ring bells in front of Giant Food locations in the Greater Washington area for the ‘Need Knows No Season’ summer giving campaign. Individuals and groups are urged to go to The Salvation Army’s website SalArmyDC.org for more information and to sign up to volunteer.

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or WordPress at keyword SalArmyDC.

Giant Food and The Salvation Army Host “Need Knows No Season” Campaign

August 9, 2011 Leave a comment

August Promotion Prelude to Holiday Season Red Kettle Campaign

 

Landover, Md. (August 9, 2011) – Giant Food of Landover, Md. and The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command are together announcing a summer “Need Knows No Season” giving campaign. The Salvation Army will bring the iconic Red Kettle to 50 neighborhood Giant Food grocery stores in the Greater Washington region. Bell ringers and red kettles will be in front of select Giant stores August 12 and August 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. and August 13 and August 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, Giant has announced it will support the 2011 Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season and welcome The Salvation Army in front of all 174 neighborhood Giant locations Monday through Saturday for eight hours a day. The 2011 Red Kettle Campaign will kick off on November 10, and bell ringers will begin fundraising November 11.

“Giant Food has a long history of supporting the communities we’re so privileged to serve, and we’ve been a proud partner of The Salvation Army for many of our 75 years,” said Don Sussman, interim president of Giant Food of Landover, Md. “We are proud to host the ‘Need Knows No Season’ giving campaign to benefit The Salvation Army and further their important work in our communities, especially as families and individuals continue to struggle in this difficult economic time. We’re confident the August campaign will be a success as well as a strong prelude to our 2011 holiday season partnership.”

In 2010 alone, The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command served more than 62,000 individuals by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. The National Capital Area Command has assisted the community by providing food for the hungry, companionship to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, and many more services to assist those in need.

“The Salvation Army is looking forward to partnering with Giant Food during this month’s summer giving campaign,” said Major Steve Morris, The Salvation Army’s National Capital Area Commander. “We hope our supporters will help by donating desperately needed funds, allowing the Army to provide assistance to people in need throughout the Greater Washington area. The Salvation Army is especially grateful to Giant for renewing full access to our red kettles in front of their stores for the upcoming red kettle campaign. News of this decision is truly a blessing; not only for the Army, but for the more than 62,000 people we serve throughout the year.”  

Earlier this year, in honor of Giant’s 75th anniversary, the neighborhood grocer presented The Salvation Army with $75,000 to further the work of Salvation Army divisions and corps across Giant’s operating area in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Delaware.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 174 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 22,000 associates. Included within the 174 stores are 160 full-service pharmacies. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com 

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in communities nationwide. To receive help or make a donation, please visit www.SalArmyDC.org or call (800)-SAL-ARMY. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube and Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

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ONE DAY FOOD DRIVE COMES UP SHORT

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

ANNANDALE, VA – The Salvation Army’s One Day Food Drive held on July 30 came up short of what is needed to restock multiple pantries across the region. The event took place in front of The Salvation Army Family Store located along Little River Turnpike in Alexandria (VA.) National Capital Area food pantry shelves at many of the Command’s corps are running low and summer is a difficult time of year for donations.

The Salvation Army collected several hundred pounds of non-perishable food and other needed household items; however, this is far short of the one ton target that’s needed for distribution at eight of The Salvation Army’s food pantries across the area including Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland.

“Typically, donations to our food pantries diminish in summer. Yet, the need remains constant for so many families who turn to The Salvation Army for help,” said Major Steve Morris, National Capital Area Commander.  “The extra cost of spiked electricity bills and additional childcare needs during the summer months really adds up quickly for families living paycheck to paycheck. These extra costs often mean having little money left over to put food on the table.  So, it’s our hope that the community will rally around this opportunity and donate one ton of food so we can help feed these struggling families.” 

Donations are being accepted at area Salvation Army Corps (offices.) Below is the preferred list of good still urgently needed:

  • Canned Meats, Beans, Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Canned Soups (Pop top can) 
  • Dry Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Dry Cereals
  • Diapers
  • Baby Food
  • Hygiene Products
  • Laundry Soap

 The Salvation Army works with families all year to help with many types of assistance and, as is the case in many instances, this includes meeting a family’s nutritional needs. Though the Army may be assisting a family with eviction prevention, through our case management process we often find the family is without groceries as well.

How to Help – Options

Anyone wishing to make a bulk donation should contact Liz O’Dell, Donation Drive and Volunteer Coordinator for the National Capital Area Command, at 202-756-3906.

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress or Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

80 INNER CITY DC KIDS GETTING RURAL CAMP EXPERIENCE

July 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Washington, DC – This week, The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is sponsoring 80 inner city District of Columbia children on a fun-filled week-long adventure to Camp Happyland in rural Virginia. The camp is hosting the group of 40 girls and 40 boys, ranging in age from 6 -12, from July 25-30. The kids boarded buses at the Sherman Avenue Corps in Nortwest DC for the nearly two-hour journey to the camp. 

During their time at Camp Happyland, the children will be able to enjoy swimming, hiking, and participate in making crafts and other character building activities.

National Capital Area Commander Major Steve Morris says, “DC Community Camp is an amazing program where The Salvation Army provides kids a much needed break from the big city. It’s an opportunity for them to have fun with their peers, make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime. For most of these kids, attending DC Community Camp at Camp Happyland is the only vacation they will have this summer. If not for the generosity of our donors most of these families could not otherwise afford to send them to camp. Our hope is that we will have a positive impact on their lives.”

DC Community Camp is open to children from low income families living in the District of Columbia. Donations made to The Salvation Army underwrite the cost to parents allowing them to pay based on a sliding scale.

About Camp Happyland

Camp Happyland, located amid the rolling hills of Spotsylvania County approximately 90 minutes from the nation’s capital in Richardsville, VA, is situated on 215 acres including woods, a lake, practice field, trails, cabins and a spiritual center.  It is open to children for residential camping trips and groups of seniors for day trips. The Salvation Army has provided camping for children in the National Capital and Virginia areas since the 1920s. Prior to its present location, Camp Happyland was located in Patuxent, MD, and Prince William County, VA. The camp has been open in its Richardsville location since 1969. The American Camping Association accredited facility is operated by The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division.

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube and Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

Christmas in July – ONE DAY FOOD DRIVE

July 19, 2011 Leave a comment

LOOKING FOR A TON OF FOOD WITH ONE DAY DONATION DRIVE

The Salvation Army seeks the public’s help to fill the shelves at area Food Pantries

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is holding a One Day Food Drive on July 30 in Alexandria (VA) to help restock the food pantry shelves at several of our locations in the Greater Washington area. The Christmas in July One Day Food Drive runs between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in front of The Salvation Army at 6528 Little River Turnpike.

The Salvation Army is looking for contributions of non-perishable food, laundry and hygienic goods. Following the One Day Food Drive, all of the donated items will be distributed to Salvation Army food pantries with the most need across DC, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland.

Here is the complete list of most needed items:

  • Canned Meats, Beans, Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Canned Soups (Pop top can) 
  • Dry Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Dry Cereals
  • Diapers
  • Baby Food
  • Hygiene Products
  • Laundry Soap

The Salvation Army works with families throughout the year to help with many types of assistance and, as is the case in many instances, this includes meeting a family’s nutritional needs. The Army does this by offering grocery vouchers and gift cards as well as filled bag directly from our Greater Washington area food pantries.

Anyone wishing to make a bulk donation should contact Liz O’Dell, Donation Drive and Volunteer Coordinator for the National Capital Area Command, at 202-756-3906.

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress or Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

The Salvation Army Pledges $6 Million for Long-Term Tornado Recovery

July 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Financial Aid, Casework & Community Projects Planned for Storm Ravaged South

 

Atlanta, GA –In April and May of 2011 tornadoes, floods, and other severe weather tore across the southern United States leaving many dead and many more homeless and hungry.  In service of the survivors, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team provided immediate material, emotional, and spiritual care to thousands.  As the disaster operation transitions from response into long-term recovery, The Salvation Army will continue to support relief efforts.  Over the next 12 months, the Army will utilize approximately $6 million to help alleviate ongoing hardships faced by the individuals and families who lost so much.

Recovery funding will be allocated among the four (4) Salvation Army Divisions most affected by the severe storms and employed in communities in eight (8) states:  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.  Depending on local needs, funds will be utilized as direct financial assistance for survivors, to fund additional response staff positions, and for signature community projects to be determined by local community leaders and Salvation Army personnel.

“Through the provision of financial assistance, casework, and long-term community building, The Salvation Army will ensure that survivors have the tools necessary to restore their lives,” said Jeff Jellets, The Salvation Army’s Southern Territorial Disaster Coordinator.  “The Salvation Army has served in theUnited Statesfor more than 130 years.  We were here before the storms and we will be here long after meeting needs in the local community.” 

The four (4) Salvation Army divisions included in this plan are:

ALM Division (Serving Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi)

  • Total Allocation: $3.25 Million
  • $2.25 million for direct disaster recovery assistance
  • $1 million for community project

KTN Division (Serving Kentucky, Tennessee & Northwest Georgia)

  • Total Allocation: $1.5 Million
  • $1 million for direct disaster recovery assistance
  • $500,000 for community projects

 GEO Division (Serving Georgia)

  • Total Allocation: $1 Million
  • $750,000 for direct disaster recovery assistance
  • $250,000 for community projects

 AOK Division (Serving Arkansas & Oklahoma)

  • Total Allocation: $250,000
  • $250,000 for direct disaster recovery assistance

 

As of July 5, 2011, The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory had raised approximately $11 million dollars for April and May tornado, flood, and severe storm relief.  Following the storms, The Salvation Army committed $3 million to response efforts and has now allocated an additional $6 million to long-term recovery efforts over the next 12 months.  As communities rebuild and survivors’ needs change, The Salvation Army will adjust its long-term recovery plan and allocate all remaining funds and any additional April and May 2011 storm relief funds received to help ensure that its services continue to meet people’s greatest needs. 

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.  For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.