Salvation Army mobile feeding program resumes Saturday

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Hungry members of the community could go to three distribution sites this Saturday, Aug. 31, when the CNMI Salvation Army goes full-blast with its mobile feeding program.

The distribution points will be at the Kagman Community Center parking lot, Chalan Kanoa, and the Koblerville Youth Center parking lot.

In response to demographic changes, the Salvation Army recently closed its fixed-site feeding program (soup kitchen) in Gualo Rai and, instead, expanded its mobile feeding program.

“Delivery sites have now been designated and an initial schedule put into place,” said ministry leader pastor Annie Gillespie.

The deliveries resume this Saturday, and will continue on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at the Kagman Community Center parking lot at 11am; in Chalan Kanoa (homeless feeding point-for homeless clients only) at 11:45am; and at the Koblerville Youth Center parking lot at 12:30pm.

Clients can simply drive up or walk up and tell the Salvation Army how many people are in their family, then take their meals home to eat them.

Ministry leader pastor Wayne Gillespie said the mobile feeding program will only be hosted at the delivery sites. That means food will only be distributed at the site. “We do not own or control them [the area] and eating on the sites is not permitted. Please also note that no litter will be tolerated,” said Wayne Gillespie.

The Salvation Army is looking at several ways to conduct a mobile feeding program and their goal is to adapt whichever model works best, and the sites and scheduled delivery times will likely be adjusted.

“Both the sites and the scheduled delivery times will likely have to be adjusted as we gauge client response and several other factors. We are asking our clients to expect things to change as we fine-tune the program,” said Wayne Gillespie.

For additional information about the mobile feeding program or the Salvation Army, contact Wayne Gillespie at 483-0885.

Iva Maurin | Author
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at iva_maurin@saipantribune.com

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