The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol will continue to operate as planned even as the District of Columbia continues to enforce a curfew in response to the ongoing protests resulting from the death of George Floyd. The restrictions due to the Covid-19 crisis will also not affect the Grate Patrol’s hours and services. Meals will continue to be served 7 days a week at the usual locations within Washington D.C. starting at 7:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm. In order to accommodate those in need, the Grate Patrol will remain at the first stop (Union Station) longer than usual. Depending on any road closures/protests, some planned stops may not be accessible by the van. If you are planned on utilizing the services of the Grate Patrol, please take this into consideration.
Founded in 1983, the Salvation Army has been providing hot meals and helpful services through the use of a mobile feeding canteen. The Grate Patrol, which is named after the heating grates where many of the homeless congregate, serves 120-150 meals every day of the year. In addition to feeding the homeless, the Grate Patrol provides longterm solutions such as life planning support and access to housing and veteran benefits, substance abuse support, and medical care for those who need it.
About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
The Salvation Army assisted 33,811 people last year through a wide array of services. We offer emergency rental, utility, and food assistance, a homeless nutrition program, transitional housing for young mothers and their children, comprehensive substance abuse treatment, disaster relief, and youth enrichment through music and arts education. To make a donation or find help for yourself or someone you know, visit SalvationArmyNCA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or YouTube using keyword SalArmyNCA.