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Salvation Army serves hot meal to those without power in Berkeley

Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins hugs a resident after serving her family a hot meal after they have been without power since Friday.

Four days after another tornado pummeled the St. Louis community, residents in the suburb of

Berkely were still without electricity Tuesday but The Salvation Army made sure they at least at a hot meal to eat for lunch.

“We’ve been without electricity since Friday, and I knew several people were in the position where they could not prepare food for themselves or their children,” said Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins. “So we contacted The Salvation Army and they graciously and generously have been out here all afternoon feeding our residents.”

Mayor Hoskins and Councilwoman Louvenia Mathison joined Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services volunteers and staff on a canteen, serving a spaghetti dinner, snack, and water to Berkeley residents.

A line of Berkeley residents waits for their turn at the Army’s canteen

“I was worried about how I was going to feed my grandchildren today,” said one resident. “This meal is a godsend.”

The Salvation Army has had a constant presence in the St. Louis neighborhoods affected by Friday’s severe weather, including St. Charles County, Ferguson, Berkeley, Hazelwood, Florissant, Earth City, and Moline Acres. The Army’s canteen will visit the other side of the river in Alton Wednesday, where near-historic flooding has taken place.

A child receives his spaghetti lunch from a Salvation Army canteen.

“We’re very grateful and thankful for The Salvation Army and what they do for our community,” Mayor Hoskins said. “I urge everyone to contribute to them whenever they can because you never know when you’ll be in a position to need their services.”

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