Barre, VT — Serving Meals To Those Affected By Floods in VT

Jul 14, 2023




Major Keith Jache

Cell 814-249-8312

Salvation Army Serving Meals To

Those Affected by Catastrophic Flooding in Vermont

Barre, VT (July 12, 2023)– In response to historic flooding in Vermont, The Salvation Army has served 300 meals since yesterday to evacuees and emergency workers at local shelters.


Commanding Officer for the Barre Salvation Army, Major Keith Jache, has been picking up the meals prepared by the Southern Baptish Church and the school district.  Major Jache has been serving the meals at the Barre Auditorium and at Smugglers Notch.

“Our main goal is for everyone to pitch in and work together as a team to help these folks with food, shelter, and comfort during this overwhelming time,” stated Major Jache.

The Salvation Army in partnership with UPS is shipping one thousand clean-up kits to Vermont.  The supplies include: A 5-gallon bucket with lid, 14” Broom, 14” squeegee, (2) 54" brush, capped sweep, scrub brush, cellulose sponge, leather palm work gloves, heavy duty garbage bags and liquid cleaner.

The Salvation Army is on standby, ready to deploy three Emergency Disaster mobile units and volunteers if needed.

Days of heavy rain have caused catastrophic flooding throughout most of the state, closing roads as flood victims evacuate nearby shelters. Some areas of the state received more than ten inches of rain in a 6-hour period, causing flash flooding. Montpelier, Barre, Ludlow, Londonderry, Andover, and surrounding towns were hit the hardest by the storm causing rivers and streams to overflow.

The Barre Salvation Army facility has water damage in the basement. Also, the Family Thrift store has closed because of five feet of water damage.  Most of the items have been destroyed. Majors Keith and Katherine’s primary focus is helping others right now but will have to address their own damage later.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services of the Northern New England Division provides disaster assistance to people living in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Within the Division there are four mobile feeding canteens equipped to aid first responders and those impacted by a local incident or a major disaster. Salvation Army officers and a network of volunteers are ready to serve. They are trained to meet all kinds of needs by providing food, shelter, clothing, and emotional and spiritual comfort to those affected by the incident.

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