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Assistance programs Bonneville County

Several agencies, churches, and government programs help low income or struggling families in Idaho Falls. Get financial assistance for bills in Bonneville County, free basic needs, and resources for seniors, the elderly, or disabled. Everything from housing to free groceries, grant money, electric bill help and more is offered in the region.

Below are the main forms of financial help and/or free items passed out. Whether it is short term rent or heating bill assistance in Idaho Falls, free clothes, boxes of food or medical care, or even debt reduction services, assistance is available. Bonneville County charities, churches and government organizations use a combination of emergency grants, short term loans, case management, and other social services to assist those in need.

Get grant money, food, and financial assistance for bills

One of the places to call is Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership. Call them at (208) 522-5391. This non-profit agency is committed to helping both the socially and economically disadvantaged in Bonneville and Idaho Falls by responding to the needs of low income as well as the disadvantaged in the area. The primary goal of the assistance programs they offer is enable people to become self-sufficient over the long term and to help people become self-sufficient over the long term. They provide short term help with bills and expenses, and help people become successful over the long term.

Numerous services and resources offered by the community action agency include the following.

  • Clothing that may be free or low cost
  • Utility bill assistance, including money for heating, gas, telephone and water bills
  • Rental help. Money to prevent an eviction, pay for security deposits, and cover rent arrears.
  • Housing programs
  • Weatherization and energy conserving programs
  • Limited financial assistance for bills
  • Foreclosure prevention, debt reduction and counseling. You can also learn more on foreclosure programs from such banks as Wells Fargo and their mortgage assistance programs.




Idaho Falls Salvation Army is another agency to call for help. They offer emergency financial assistance for numerous certain expenses as well. Some of the programs include partial energy and heating bill assistance. Free food and vouchers may also be available, and they participate in the The Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Assistance programs for kids may also be available, including baby formula, wipes and diapers or Christmas toys. They also give out free school supplies to students from lower income households. Last, but not least, prescription medications as well as grants for a portion of rent payments may also be available in Bonneville County. Call them at (208) 522-7200, or more information on Salvation Army Bonneville County assistance programs.

St. Vincent De Paul, Idaho Falls (phone number (208) 522-6280) is another agency that offers assistance to low income and those local individuals who are in need. Some of the resources they offer include prescription medication assistance, clothing, food/meals, as well as emergency financial help for bills. There is also a low cost thrift store and other forms of aid. More on SVDP Bonneville County assistance programs.

Community Council of Idaho - Idaho Falls, helps people with agricultural backgrounds. Numerous aid programs are offered by this non-profit, including job placement and training. Some of the other financial assistance programs offered include food, rental emergency, utility bill help, Head Start, and they may be able to offer scholarships for low income individuals. In addition they will help with transportation costs, for example bus tickets in an emergency situation. Dial (208) 524-0980.

IFCOC - Idaho Falls Community Outreach Center partners with non-profits and charities to help the less fortunate and working poor. Churches and agencies that partner with the organization, such as FISH, provide basic needs and limited financial aid, including grants, to income qualified families.

  • Prescription medications are part of Freemed.
  • Housing assistance, including information on loans for rent or vouchers, is offered from the Emergency Housing Exchange (IFCOC).
  • Free food, clothing, and household items are available in Bonneville County.
  • For more details on their services, read more Idaho Falls Community Outreach Center.





Catholic Charities covers Eastern Idaho and Bonneville County. Most of the assistance, whether information on food, housing, medical or mental health care, and more is from the Case Management process. They also help immigrants and refugees acclimate (and provide basic needs), offer counseling, financial management programs and other services. More on resources from Bonneville County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Prescription medications

One of the programs available is known as FREEMED. The program will assist low income as well as uninsured low to moderate income clients. This eligible individuals can receive low or free prescription medicines from brand name manufacturers patient assistance programs. There are approximately 270 programs offering more than 3000 drugs as part of this prescription programs. Click here to learn more on prescription medications from patient assistance programs. Or call St. Vincent De Paul, Idaho Falls at (208) 528-6337.

Bonneville County food banks, groceries and pantries

Some of the churches, non-profits, and charities to call for food are Banco de Camida "Mana", Mana Food Pantry at (208) 524-5442, the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank (phone (208) 604-3265), and also the City of Refuge at (208) 552-5575.

There are also places for hot meals, including at soup kitchens in Bonneville County. Between the pantries and the feeding sites families may be given canned groceries, free bags of groceries, cleaning supplies, toys, and even free clothes, including at winter. The reason this is possible is that most pantries also have a clothing closet on site. Find other free food pantries in Bonneville County.


By Jon McNamara














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