Salvation Army in Saint John Serves 500 Meals to Shelter Residents Each Week

Salvation Army St. John emergency disaster services vehicle feeds local shelter residents

The Salvation Army in Saint John, New Brunswick, has partnered with Outflow, Saint John’s Men’s Homeless Shelter, to provide meals for residents.

“Using the Army’s emergency disaster services vehicle, we feed between 75 and 100 people each night,” says Major Tracy Goyak, community pastor.

From Sunday through Thursday evenings, shelter residents line up six feet apart in the parking lot and are handed a meal through the truck window.

Salvation Army personnel gear up to feed shelter residents

Salvation Army personnel gear up to feed shelter residents

“All meals are served with a smile and a friendly greeting,” explains Major Tracy. “Local businesses have donated food and coffee items, and many community members who stop by the truck make a monetary donation or donate personal care items to help us.”

The Salvation Army is also distributing meals to anyone outside the shelter who comes up to the vehicle and asks for support. Currently, they are serving up to 500 meals each week.

“It’s two organizations coming together to meet community needs,” says Captain Jamie Locke, divisional secretary for public relations and development. “During a time of social distancing, we can still work closely together.”

The Salvation Army continues to provide essential services across Canada throughout the COVID-19 crisis. To donate, visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

By Angela Rafuse