WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Salvation Army has opened its doors back up to welcome those who utilize their services. The in-person services that are getting people back together include the lunch meal program.
It was more than a year that the Salvation Army conducted all of its food services through a drive-thru format.
Free hot meals can now be eaten inside with others, instead of a grab-and-go. The Salvation Army provided more than 20,000 meals and more than 235,000 pounds of perishable food since October.
"This need for community and this need for people being together and sharing and breaking bread together is very important, so were really excited that this is kicking off again because were fulfilling that need of a very specific population here in Waterloo," Major Martin Thies said.
Meals are served Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Masks are required unless eating or drinking, and temperatures are checked upon arrival.
The Salvation Army sees about 30-40 people come in each day there's a meal.
"We see people from every walk of life, we see lots of people from right here in the neighborhood. There are some that travel even though traveling may not be easy for them," Thies said.
The walk-in emergency service program is also resuming Mondays and Wednesdays form 9 a.m. to noon.
The Perishable Food Pantry will continue on Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1:00pm and will remain a drive-thru service.
Volunteers are always needed for the meal and perishable food pantry programs. You can call 319-235-9358 to volunteer.