Ford brings Van Campaign to Successful End


The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command Grate Patrol Van Campaign came to a successful close in June, thanks to a generous donation from Ford Motor Company. Now, The Salvation Army can move forward with the purchase a new Ford Transit van for its homeless mobile meals program.

The campaign also received major funding from The Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC, Mark and Lyn McFadden, and regional electricity provider Pepco.

“The Salvation Army is grateful to Ford Motor Company for its generous donation to our Grate Patrol Van Campaign. Ford’s gift, along with contributions from several other community partners, will help us to continue serving the homeless for years to come,” said Major Lewis R. Reckline, Area Commander for The Salvation Army.

Major Reckline also thanked as well numerous local churches, businesses and individual donors from across the community, who stepped forward to help The Salvation Army purchase the new van.

The funds raised will cover the cost and customization of a new Ford Transit van with a high roof and extended wheelbase. The Salvation Army retired the Grate Patrol’s previous van last summer after ten years of faithful service. In the interim, the Emergency Disaster Service canteen was pressed into service to deliver meals. The new Grate Patrol van will hit the streets this fall.

The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol, which runs every night of the year, delivers an average of 150 nutritious meals, snacks and hydration to men and women at multiple locations throughout downtown DC. Local philanthropist and entrepreneur, Muslim Lakhani, CEO of ML Resources Social Vision, has provided sustained program support for Grate Patrol for the last seven years.

The Salvation Army distributed over 1.3 million meals to the homeless and others in need of something to eat since Grate Patrol began over three decades ago. A full-time outreach coordinator connects clients to needed services including referrals for medical, mental health, and addiction treatment; assistance with employment and permanent supportive housing applications; and transportation funds for job interviews.