Salvation Army Cooks Up a Plan to Feed Evacuees and First Responders

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — As Hurricane Michael drives north, people are relying on the kindness of others to stay safe and fed.

Local good Samaritans say helping others in times like these, is a labor of love.

Volunteers have been out since Tuesday night, prepping and serving food to evacuees.

Meanwhile, volunteers with the Salvation Army cooked up a plan to bring the kitchen to first responders.

They prepared dozens of sandwiches and snacks for first responders, who are out in the storm ensuring everyone’s safety.

Officers could drop by the mobile unit to get a sack lunch to take with them on the road.

At the same time, the Salvation Army is anticipating at least 200 more evacuees.

The demand is so high for shelters; Westgate Park has decided to open its doors.

The Salvation Army teamed up with the Wiregrass Food Bank to supply food to Westgate Park and other shelters, so those looking to escape the storm will have one less thing to worry about tonight.

Lt. Austin Sturdivant says when you’re asked to evacuate, the only thing on your mind is getting to safety.

“You’re not going to grab your food, and things like that,” Sturdivant said.

“You’re going to grab clothes and toiletries, and get your family someplace safe. So food is the last thing on your mind, but it’s the first thing you feel when your stomach starts growling,” said Sturdivant.

As mentioned, Westgate park is opened for those seeking shelter.

Lt. Sturdivant said a hot meal will be served there Wednesday night, starting at 5:30 p.m..

Shelters are open across the Wiregrass for those needing safe refuge during this storm.

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