The Salvation Army’s soup kitchen in Gualo Rai started serving meals yesterday and will continue with their community feeding to help families affected by Super Typhoon Yutu.
“Here in Gualo Rai, we just opened the soup kitchen and will offer meals from 11:30am to 3pm on a daily basis until our supplies last. We started giving out food four days ago and we also delivered packed foods to shelters and some areas in the villages where people can just walk in and pick up a meal,” said Annie Lizama, who is in charge of the soup kitchen.
Yesterday, The Salvation Army prepared close to 2,000 meals. The group is also giving away 500 packed meals to shelters. Marianas Young Professionals volunteers and members of a church group are helping to distribute and prepare the meals.
Lizama added that donations, such as canned goods, trays, and food containers, are welcome, while they are coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help them find storage for supplies that need refrigeration.
The Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers, especially early in the morning around 5am during food preparation.
“[Today], we will be needing additional hands for chopping 30 cases of chicken. We do a lot of chopping, so we need a lot of hands. It will also be helpful if they will bring cutting boards and knives because we’re short of kitchen tools. If they have hair net, they could bring them, too,” Lizama said.
Triple J Saipan Inc. has partnered with the Salvation Army Saipan for the soup kitchen in Gualo Rai.
“It has always been important to us to help others, especially those in need. At the moment, our island is hurting and Triple J is will offer as much assistance as possible. With experience from Typhoon Soudelor back in 2015, Five Star Wholesale and the Salvation Army have partnered up to reopen a soup kitchen for the island community where anyone can stop in and have a hot meal to eat,” said Robert H. Jones, chairman/CEO Triple J Enterprises.
To volunteer, reach out to Lizama at 285-2585, or check out mypros.org or visit its Facebook account, Marianas Young Professionals, and leave a message.
The Salvation Army minister Wayne Gillespie is off-island.