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Salvation Army to launch meal service at former Ramada Inn site

MORGANTOWN — At 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a ribbon cutting will take place to officially open the meal service operations provided by The Salvation Army of Morgantown at the former Ramada Inn site, 20 Scott Ave.

The former location of a Ramada Inn, the 110,000 square-foot building and 10-acre property, was initially provided to WVU Medicine and is now owned by Morgantown Community Resources Inc.
Plans are continuing to make it a one-stop shop for those in need of aid and social services, ranging from food to shelter to treatment programs.

Federal coronavirus relief money funded renovations to the building that included new roof, plumbing and a fully commercial kitchen where The Salvation Army will prepare and serve dinner, from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“Throughout our history, The Salvation Army has sought to provide nourishment and comfort to those in need,” said Lt. Sheldon Greenland with The Salvation Army of Morgantown.

Serving Monongalia, Marion and Preston counties since 1897, The Salvation Army of Morgantown has served 85-90 take-out meals each evening (Monday-Friday) from its corps location at 1264 University Ave. throughout the pandemic. The new location at the former Ramada site allows The Salvation Army to serve up to 350 meals and will offer a large dining area for those who wish to eat indoors. Take-out food will still be available.

The ribbon-cutting happens during National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16. In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved a joint resolution for President Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim a week to recognize the humanitarian efforts of The Salvation Army, one of the nation’s largest and oldest faith-based health and human service providers.

Today, with the help of more than 3.2 million volunteers, The Salvation Army serves more 23 million United States residents every year.

For more 124 years, The Salvation Army of Morgantown has been “Doing the Most Good” to meet the needs of individuals and families throughout this region of West Virginia.

“We provide emergency rental and utility assistance, food pantry services, school supplies, diapers, clothing, Christmas assistance, and so much more,” Greenland said. “Realizing that many members of our community are facing unemployment, hunger, cascading bills and threats of eviction, we are focused on helping those struggling to survive, especially during these pandemic times.”


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