Salvation Army Gears Up To Feed Habitat For Humanity Volunteers

The helpings will be large and pure South Mississippi. And the Salvation Army will be providing that flavor for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for every volunteer with the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Habitat for Humanity Work Project.

"One day we're serving barbecue, another day we're serving red beans and rice, another day we're serving gumbo," says Divisional Public Relations Director Mark Jones. "Everything is a Soth Mississippi flavor, trying to tie everything into the experience of coming to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and letting the volunteers experience the culture here."

Jones says those meals will be delivered to every work site just like they've been doing throughout the recovery effort.

"By the the time Friday comes we will have served breakfast lunch and dinner to over 44 thousand meals," says Jones. "Every volunteer that will be working at 10 work sites from Mobile to New Orleans, we're feeding them."

Jones says it's not just their contribution to the Carter Work Project, it's good practice.

"With the hurricane season starting June first, it's a good chance for us test our preparedness."

It's a test Lead Case Worker Marilyn Brister says she and her 165 volunteers are ready for.

"It's real pleasing to us to be able to serve these people and let these people know that we know what they're going through," says Brister. "I'm a victim myself so I know exactly what they're going through but I'm not here for me. I'm here to serve them."

The Salvation Army has also allocated 7.4 million dollars to provide down payment assistance grants for Habitat Homeowners.