Salvation Army gets new tool to help feed victims of disasters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County branch of the Salvation Army has a new "canteen." It's a large truck used for serving food to people during a natural or man-made disaster.

Officials say the truck can serve up to 9,000 meals a day, over the course of several days if necessary. This is the newest truck in all of Florida's fleet.

Major Stacie McWilliams of the Salvation Army says, "It was a very expensive vehicle, but very much worth it."

On Saturday, volunteers with the Salvation Army met to learn how to use the truck, and how to serve food on it. If needed, the truck would leave the state to help disaster victims.

Volunteer Eva Whitehouse says disaster victims need emotional help, just as much as they need food and water. Whitehouse says, "the biggest need that they need right away is to know there's someone in the area that cares about them."

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