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Salvation Army assistance programs Bakersfield and Kern County

Many of the Salvation Army assistance programs are administered by the Kern County and Bakersfield Social Service Department. Resources are focused on people who are faced with an emergency, economic struggles, and immense financial hardships. Salvation Army centers (listed below) can provide free food or school supplies along with financial aid to pay for rent, mortgages, utilities or other bills. There are also ESL classes, free Christmas gifts from Angel Tree, Thanksgiving turkey dinners or homeless shelters.

The goal of the local Salvation Army centers are to provide hope and short term support amidst. Kern County case workers are also heavily involved in working with the individual for more longer term self-sufficiency. Emergency programs are offered for all qualified members of the community.

Get emergency funds to pay bills, housing costs, and living expenses

Emergency rental assistance may be able to those families and individuals that cannot afford to pay their rent for the month. A number of requirements and conditions must be met by applicants before any type of financial help can be administered. Dial 661-837-4243 to make an appointment with a case worker, and priority is usually given to those with an eviction notice.

The Bakersfield Salvation Army can provide utility and energy bill assistance from the R.E.A.C.H. program. This was created provide financial support and guidance to those residents who are behind in their utility payments, provided the applicant meets conditions of the California R.E.A.C.H. program. Call 661-837-4243. There are other low income energy bill assistance programs, payment plans, and disconnection prevention services too. Find low income utility bill help or payment plans in California.

Emergency food assistance is distributed from a pantry. It can distribute a wide range of meals and food boxes to needy individuals and families, and really anyone who is struggling to put a meal on the table for their family. For this program walk in appointments to provide emergency food, ingredients for hot  meals and groceries are accepted. The Kern County Salvation Army also has referrals to other sites, and find more details on free food distribution centers.

Emergency and disasters can be dealt with. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response team can help with emergency response scenarios, and provide food, meals, water and more when this occurs. So it can be a fire, flood, or earthquake, and the response team can help in those situations.




Sally’s Place is a senior citizen feeding program which provides a nutritional hot meal to the elderly and senior citizens twice a month. Included in this hot meal is a bag of groceries which are distributed at the end of the meal. Other social services and activities can be provided to Bakersfield area seniors as part of Sally’s Place.

Financial and other free material assistance offered may include the following. This will vary based on funding and the Kern County Salvation Army center.

  • Baby items – Includes clothing, formula and baby food, and diapers. Most of this aid depends on donations from the community.
  • Transportation – This can include bus tickets available for specific needs only, such as a job interview or doctor appointment. Find free bus ticket programs near you.
  • Medical services will generally be assistance and vouchers for prescriptions, or referrals to clinics and affordable health care in Bakersfield.
  • Material goods such as clothing for children, adults, and school.
  • Students from K-12 from the Kern County system can get free back to school supplies from the Salvation Army. Personal hygiene supplies, backpacks, uniforms and more, including for immigrants or migrant workers.

Free holiday help from Salvation Army in Kern County

Christmas assistance and distribution helps several thousand Kern County area families per year, depending on donation levels. The Social Service Department sites are used to pack and fill food baskets and boxes, and these are provided to qualified families so that they can enjoy a couple of together meals during the holidays.

The Salvation Army will also distribute toys, gifts, and winter coats to families with kids ages 12 and under. A number of members of the community work on this Christmas program, and non-profit organizations, schools, churches, and volunteers partner together to both acquire and distribute these Christmas packages to families in need.

Food and meals can also be offered as part of Thanksgiving Distribution. This was designed to help the community assess their holiday needs, make the necessary changes to make the holiday enjoyable, and provide support. The Kern County Salvation Army will look to provide hope to families who need it. Volunteers and staff work on putting together food boxes and baskets that will be filled with items used to create a Thanksgiving meal. The organization does this in hopes of encouraging friends and families to enjoy a healthy, yet easily prepared meal while also providing company and companionship. Call a location listed below or dial 661-837-4243.





Kern County and Bakersfield Salvation Army Corps Centers locations

There are multiple Salvation Army centers in the region. They operate low cost Thrift Stores as well as provide financial help, free food, or guidance. Everyone from the unemployed to migrant workers, single moms or working poor tend to be clients. The main site and contact information is at 4417 Wilson Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93309. For information on material needs, call (661) 837-4243. Or other locations may be below.

  • Buttonwillow Social Services Unit, P.O. Box 323, Buttonwillow, CA93206-0614, call 661-764-9405
  • California City Social Services Unit, 8525 California City Blvd., California City, CA 93504-5221, phone number 760-373-4116
  • Delano Salvation Army Social Services Unit, 1842 Norwalk Street, Delano, CA 93215-1400, call 661-725-0584
  • Frazier Park Social Services Unit, P.O. Box 376, Frazier Park, California 93225, main number 661-245-1673
  • Ridgecrest Corps Community Center, 151 North Downs Street, Ridgecrest, California 93555-5402. Call 760-375-7219 for intake.
  • Lake Isabella Social Services Unit, 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240-9489, call 760-379-5100
  • Lamont/Arvin center, 10215 Stobaugh, Lamont, CA 93241, number 661-633-5601
  • McFarland Social Services Unit, P.O. Box 548, McFarland, California 93250, dial 661-792-1883
  • Mojave Salvation Army, 15345 Lucille Street, Mojave, CA93501-1915, dial 760-373-416
  • Rosamond Social Services Unit, Unit 2881 C Street, Rosamond, CA 93560-7658, phone number 805-256-2307
  • Shafter center, Unit 151 Munzer Street, Shafter, California 93263-1965, primary phone 805-746-2670
  • Taft Salvation Army center, 915 N 10th Street, Suite 34, Taft, CA 93268-3815, phone 661-765-7281
  • Tehachapi Social Services Unit, Unit 213 East 'E' Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8791, main phone number of the unit is 661-823-9508
  • Wasco Social Services Unit, 1102 5th Street, Wasco, California 93280, Contact Phone: (661) 758-3884

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