The Duluth Salvation Army is changing the way it serves those in need because of the emergence of COVID-19.

The nonprofit announced Monday that instead of offering weekday dining at its 215 S. 27th Ave. W. headquarters, it will offer box lunches to go. Hours will be the same — 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Monday through Friday. Gordon Mesedahl, director of development for the charitable organization, said the change is necessary because anywhere from 50 to well over 100 people come for the meal — too large of a gathering to meet current guidelines.

The switch to to-go lunches is tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday, he said.

The Salvation Army food shelf will continue to operate from 1:30-4 p.m. Monday and Thursday at the same address, he said.