Red River flood response: All we’ve done
FARGO, N.D. – The Salvation Army has been working with officials in Cass and Clay counties since early March to prepare for potential flooding across the Red River Valley. Working in partnership with local churches and nonprofits, we’ve spent weeks serving meals and beverages to local residents and workers as they fill sandbags and build levees in Fargo, Moorhead and outlying areas.
As of April 26, more than 350 Salvation Army volunteers have spent 1,800 hours providing 7,800 meals, 21,500 snacks and 11,500 beverages to those battling the Red River.
“We are extra proud of our volunteers for the hard work they’ve put in during this flood response,” said Major Harold Baugh, leader of the Fargo Salvation Army. “We thank them for their valuable time, caring hearts and outstanding work ethic.”
The Salvation Army is now operating on call, with mobile kitchens available to sandbaggers in rural Cass and Clay counties from Saturday, April 27 to Tuesday, April 30. To schedule a food drop off, call 218‑233‑7347 between 8–11 a.m. beginning Saturday, April 27. The estimated number of people to be fed should be provided at the time of the call.
“When crews need a break from their heavy lifting, we’ll be right there,” Baugh said.
The Salvation Army has provided its services through the use of four mobile kitchens and one food trailer. The mobile kitchens continue to be deployed to communities across Cass and Clay counties, while the trailer was used to serve meals for the duration of operations at Sandbag Central in Fargo.