Salvation Army offers free hot meals amid dangerous cold

TaterTot casserole, a roll, and an apple were served Wednesday for those looking for an escape from the dangerous cold.

Posted: Jan 31, 2019 11:29 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Across Northwest Missouri Wednesday, dangerously low temperatures were certain. For some, however, what wasn't certain was where their next meal was going to come from.

"We're concerned for people that are homeless or just neighborhood people who just need a place to come enjoy a hot meal." Major Abe Tamayo Salvation Army said.

Volunteers with the Salvation Army stepped in preparing a hot meal for those in need. The goal was to keep as many people out of the dangerous cold as they possibly could. 

"We're basically opening our doors and taking care of our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate than we are," Tamayo said.

Volunteers said they understood the impact of what they're doing.

"When you're homeless sometimes people don't feel like anybody cares," Faye Montgomery, a volunteer said. "[you] basically [feel] discarded,"

Montgomery who has volunteered for the Salvation Army her whole life said just one simple meal fills more than just the stomach.

"Sometimes just a warm meal can do more than just fill your belly," Montgomery said. "It'll fill your heart it makes you feel like someone cares about you."

An event leaving both volunteers, as well as those in need, fulfilled was what made the event worth it according to Montgomery.

"You never know what you're gonna receive as a volunteer," Montgomery said. "By giving to others you also receive."  

The Salvation Army served 40 hot meals today, also helping those in need during these extremely low temperatures were eight overnight shelters in the area.

Saint Joseph
14° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 14°
24° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 16°
14° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 14°
18° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 11°
21° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 12°
This week will be much cooler than last week for northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Wind chills Monday morning will be in the teens with the daytime high only getting into the 40s. Tuesday we will see a little bit of a warm up with highs in the mid 40's.
KQTV Radar
KQTV Temperatures
KQTV Alerts

Community Events