The Salvation Army-Walker County Service Center has emerged as the nonprofit to oversee deliveries of groceries to senior citizens during the COVID-19 outbreak.
More than 250 sacks of groceries were delivered in two and a half days last week, according to Salvation Army director Cindy Smith.
Seniors age 60 and older who do not have neighbors or family to assist them with grocery delivery should leave a message for Smith at 221-7737.
Volunteers can sign up to help deliver or pack groceries at https://signup.com/go/eftbkbD.
Members of Desperation Church and Jasper City School employees, along with Salvation Army staff, have been vital to the effort so far, according to Smith.
Deliveries are being made daily throughout the county in a new truck purchased earlier this year with a grant from the Walker Area Community Foundation.
Volunteers are also delivering some meals in personal vehicles, which will eventually have signs bearing the Salvation Army logo so that recipients can easily identify the volunteers.
The Salvation Army will hosts its food bank as usual on Tuesday but will be suspending that operation temporarily in order to focus on the senior meals. Clients will receive a list of other food banks in the area that are continuing to operate, Smith said.
Laura King, nutrition and transportation supervisor with Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging, previously told the Daily Mountain Eagle that seniors would be able to receive daily hot meals at their local senior center, though the meals will need to be picked up because seniors will not be allowed to congregate at the center.
Home meal delivery was also expected to continue for seniors who had meals delivered to their homes, King said.
Just prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Salvation Army-Walker County Service Center was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the community at a Divisional Directors meeting in which centers from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana were represented.
Smith won Director of the Year. The center was also awarded Outstanding Kettle Campaign and the award for most volunteer hours — 8,523 in 2019.
"Our mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. That is what we do. We get tired, but you don't stop because you're tired; you stop when the job is done, and the job isn't done. We're going to keep on with our mission until the job is done," Smith said.