Local Salvation Army responds to those in need

Published 7:07 pm Monday, April 6, 2020

State, federal and local officials have all called on residents to shelter in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

However, for those who are unable to purchase groceries on their own or even prepare their meals, the Salvation Army’s grocery and emergency services are still available during adjusted operational hours.

In coordination with the city of Vicksburg and United Way, Vicksburg Corps Officer Major Steve Welch said meals are being provided in a “to-go” style every day this week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army parking lot, 530 Mission 66.

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Orders and appointments for groceries will be taken over the phone and like the meals that are being provided, grocery pickup will be handled similarly.

“Staff and officers will directly place items into the client’s car trunks to practice social distancing,” Welch said.

In order to continue these services, Welch said, he is appealing to locals.

“The Salvation Army has always been grateful to serve the Vicksburg community,” he said, and will remain so during the pandemic,” but in order to continue, the non-profit also needs support from the community in the form of financial support.

To support the Vicksburg Salvation Army, call 601-456-444 or visit SalvationArmyALM.org/give.

At this time, Welch said the Family Thrift Store has been closed until further notice.

The Salvation Army has 7,600 centers of operation around the country and is ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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