Salvation Army of Western Pa. receives new mobile canteen
The Salvation Army’s mobile canteens serve some of the most vulnerable members of the community: people whose lives have been drastically altered by an emergency or natural disaster.
Thanks to generous corporate donations, the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania has received three new canteens in the past three years, including a brand-new, $100,000 mobile unit donated last week by Beacon Supply Co.
“Our canteens are an aging fleet,” Salvation Army marketing director Donna Fencik said. “The average age before these donations was 20 years old, so we were in desperate need of new ones. The maintenance costs were getting outrageous.”
The canteen units, Fencik said, respond to emergency calls such as fires, floods and other disasters.
“Volunteers and personnel go out and serve people at the emergency site — and not just victims but also firefighters,” she said. “They provide food and drink, warming tents in the winter and spiritual assistance for victims.”
The canteens also are used as part of an Allegheny County feeding program that Fencik said recently expanded to McKeesport with the intention of expanding to Westmoreland County “and throughout the division as the need indicates.”
The Salvation Army has five service centers in Westmoreland County, and Fencik said every ZIP code in the county is covered by a service center or a volunteer-staffed service unit.
Patrick Varine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2365 or email@example.com.