The Salvation Army is preparing to serve thousands of meals to people who are without power, including those in local shelters and a few senior housing communities.
Eight other emergency canteens from various parts of the state will join the local unit to provide hot food, snacks and drinks.
"Our mission is to offer some relief to those in our area who are in need of a hot meal," said Major Tony Perez, Augusta area commander.
Canteens will arrive in Augusta Friday and will begin serving breakfast and supper at the following locations:
- Columbia County Shelter at Patriots Park, 5545 Columbia Road in Grovetown
- Richmond County Shelter at 2920 Mike Padgett Hwy in Augusta
- Jefferson County High School at 1157 Warrior Trail in Louisville
- Burke County National Guard at 262 South Liberty St. in Waynesboro
- Legacy Walton Oaks at 602 Fairhope Street in Augusta
- S.G. Noble Garden of Hope Apartments at 200 Magnolia St. in Augusta
- Walton Ridge Apartments at 3550 Windsor Spring Rd. in Augusta
It is possible that other shelter locations and communities in need will be added to the list as need is assessed, Salvation Army officials said. The organization is expecting to serve more than 1,200 meals per day and will continue until service is no longer needed.
The Salvation Army of Augusta will continue to offer emergency shelter to homeless individuals and families seeking refuge from the cold at the Center of Hope, located at 1384 Greene Street.
Due to capacity limitations, people are encouraged to first seek shelter at one of the Richmond or Columbia county shelters listed above.
Salvation Army officials said they're grateful for any monetary donations to help offset the cost of response during this winter storm. If you want help, you can donate at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or www.salvationarmyusa.org.
If you like to donate bottled water or food for those affected by the storm, you may do so at the Center of Hope located at 1384 Greene Street.
For more information on this disaster, and how you can help, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.