WILMINGTON, DE – During this unprecedented time of uncertainty and concern, The Salvation Army of Delaware is ramping up its efforts to continue to serve those in need during the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic. While many are staying at home, The Salvation Army, which has mobilized in crises for over 150 years, is serving on the front lines in response to COVID-19. Ensuring the safety of those who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services in Delaware, along with the safety of staff and volunteers, remains our utmost priority.
Since Delaware Governor John Carney recent orders designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Salvation Army has implemented necessary changes.
Effective today, Delaware operations will limit person-to-person contact. In addition, much of the day-to-day business will take place by phone, with social distancing the new norm. Essential personnel are reporting for duty daily to keep our services up and running for the vulnerable populations that depend on us to meet their needs
The evolving impact of COVID-19 in our communities has also forced The Salvation Army in Delaware to temporarily close its senior programs and change how we serve the hungry, in order to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus, throughout our Delaware feeding programs, including soup kitchens and pantries. We are no longer allowing clients to come into our facilities. Instead, we are providing them pre-packaged meals-to-go either in boxes or bags that they pick up at the door. In Seaford, Delaware, our mobile food truck, known as a canteen, is going into communities and delivering meals-to-go, to all those in need but especially to students whose schools closed because of the pandemic. Today in New Castle County we have begun staging deliveries of meals and groceries to seniors to ensure that they stay hydrated and fed.
Our homeless shelter is open and operating, with heightened cleaning throughout the day, especially in high-traffic areas. Hygiene and prevention guidance in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations is being used and shared with staff, volunteers and program participants. We are however no longer accepting new clients, transitioning our approach should it becomes a necessity to quarantine any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our current population.
While no Salvation Army worker or client has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we are closely monitoring our facilities, workers, and clients. Additionally, we are tracking current statistics through CDC reporting. A newly formed Salvation Army Incident Management Team is regularly interfacing with local, state and federal authorities. With the situation constantly changing, we are operating out of an abundance of caution and proactively planning for a variety of potential outcomes.