Salvation Army of Northeast Mississippi receives a new mobile canteen

By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – In an ideal world they wouldn’t need it, but with hurricane and tornado seasons bearing down, the Salvation Army’s new mobile canteen may well prove a godsend.
“Sally,” as they affectionately refer to the canteen, is an 18-foot soup kitchen on wheels. Powered by a 6.7-liter Cummins super diesel engine, Sally is tricked out with a blindingly brilliant stainless steel interior.
Her amenities include two microwaves, two refrigerators, a tilt skillet, two coffee pots, a sink, two serving windows and two 30,000-BTU convection ovens.
She even has an emergency radio and an onboard pump to draw from an outside water source, and she’s powered by an 83-amp, 20-kilowatt generator.
Sally is “quite a beauty,” said Director of Social Services Susan Gilbert.
Sally arrived Wednesday night in Tupelo to shore up the Salvation Army’s preparedness for emergency relief.
She was given to Tupelo by the divisional headquarters of the Salvation Army of Mississippi Alabama, and Louisiana.
For the last couple of years, Tupelo has had one of the most active emergency relief efforts in the three-state region.
“We were there for Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, and in 2008 we covered four tornadoes in five months,” said Gilbert.
That kind of action put Tupelo at the top of the list of offices to get the new trucks. Hattiesburg also received a new canteen.
Gilbert figures that three volunteers can produce 1,500 meals in the span of just a few hours with Sally, which, unlike the office’s last canteen, doesn’t require a field kitchen.

Contact Galen Holley at 678-1510 or galen.holley@djournal.com.