Most people know The Salvation Army is there for anyone who needs emergency assistance. However, not all people in need will reach out, and some don’t have a way to physically get to The Salvation Army for the help they need. In Quincy, The Salvation Army is taking its services on the road to seek out people in need.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 4-6 p.m., The Quincy Salvation Army will begin the Canteen Ministry. Employees and volunteers will load up a vehicle and drive the streets to serve food, blankets, and personal care items to those who are hungry, homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.

Having served on other ministries similar to this, Quincy Area Command Coordinator Captain Michael Sjogren says he looks forward to bringing this much-needed service to the area. “We feel this expanded outreach will allow us to connect with residents who may not be aware of our services or don’t have available means to find transportation to our facilities.”

The mobile canteen will head out every Wednesday afternoon, stopping at different neighborhoods that show the greatest need for help. The Salvation Army says judging by the increased number of people coming to the food pantry, the number of homeless and hungry has grown in the last year.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit The Salvation Army Family Services at 501 Broadway, Quincy, 9 a.m.-Noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m. The Salvation Army's food pantries provide shelf-stable pantry items, bread, cereal, meat, and other household necessities. In addition to the food pantry, a bread program is available. The Bread Basket program offers a variety of breads and treats that have been donated by local bakeries and businesses.