See How Our Drive-Thru Food Services Are Changing Lives in Silicon Valley

Jul 30, 2020 | by The Salvation Army

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March, The Silicon Valley Salvation Army has watched the needs of our community rise dramatically. With parents laid off from jobs, small businesses closing their doors, and kids and teens no longer receiving free and reduced meals at school, many families needed a little extra help to get by.

Thankfully, we were able to adjust our usual programs to meet our neighbor’s unique needs amidst the constraints of the shelter-in-place order. We modified our Senior Nutrition Center programs to aid home-bound seniors and ensure our senior population could still receive care without increasing their exposure to COVID-19. Our worship services, which usually take place at Salvation Army corps across the Bay Area, moved to Facebook Live. And our drive-thru food service began serving over 400 families each day—around four times more families than we would usually serve around this time.

Volunteer videographer Kate Gough was able to capture the spirit of our services in this moving video of our drive-thru food service. In darkness, hope persists. The Salvation Army Silicon Valley is one of the oldest nonprofits in the Bay Area, and over 100 years later we are still committed to bringing hope, comfort, encouragement and healing to anyone in Silicon Valley who needs it.

We would love to send a huge thank you to our brave employees and volunteers, who have remained on the front lines serving community members for the duration of the shelter-in-place order. Also, thank you to every donor and supporter who has helped us make an impact during the COVID-19 crisis. Whether you gave money, spread the word about our programs on social media, or prayed for us, we are so grateful for your contribution.

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