Salvation Army temporarily closes kitchen, in need of food donations

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Wilmington Salvation Army kitchen is closing for a few days to do some repairs and they need your help.

Hot meals will be hard to come by as the Army has to close their kitchen for temporary repairs.

The Salvation Army kitchen on 2nd Street sits on a small list of places that provide multiple, daily meals for those in need.

“We go out of our way to serve as fresh of food as we can and prepare it as best as we can so that they get that feeling as though they’re eating at a restaurant,” said resident Jason Lancaster.

That feeling of normalcy has to change for the next couple of days.

“We have to do this. It’s for health, it’s for sanitation, it’s for safety of our residents and guests,” said Maj. Mark Craddock with the Salvation Army. “It’s just something that we have to do.”

The Army has to close its kitchen to repair the tile and plumbing in their sink.

“We’ll have to shut things down and modify our feeding schedules a little bit,” said Maj. Craddock.

So they are looking outward. They ask anyone who can help them provide a well rounded warm meal to donate any food they can. Closing the kitchen impacts every one of the four meals they serve daily.

Jason Lancaster lives and works at the downtown location. He says one meal in particular is critical for many kitchen visitors.

“I know a couple of people that I’ve gotten to know here that come here for what we call the soup line and I know that’s the only time they eat every day.”

This setback will not set the meals back. The Army if anything will provide cold meals for the time being. You can donate to the Salvation Army online. Craddock asks any restaurants, stores, churches or neighbors to please think of donating food over the week.

“We’re going to feed them one way or the other.”

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