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Salvation Army assistance programs Dakota County Minnesota.

Salvation Army centers in Dakota County Minnesota can help individuals make it through a challenging time. So whether people need assistance with items such as free food or financial help for rent or utility bills, programs may be able to assist. Other resources can provide seasonal help (such as free Christmas assistance or gifts), transitional housing, free school supplies or backpacks for children, and employment services even including free gasoline vouchers. The Dakota Salvation Army offers all of this and much more.

There are multiple Salvation Army centers in the Dakota County area, and they offer financial help, give out free food, or operate low cost thrift stores for the public. Referrals are also given to other resources in Dakota County. The main locations are noted below.

Social services, food or groceries and financial help

Food assistance is a specialty of the Salvation Army. They provide services that range from food stamp benefit application sites to pantries (see below) and free holiday meals.

Families may apply for public aid, including food stamps and related benefits at Salvation Army social service sites in Dakota County. Case mangers and social workers can provide assistance in filling out applications as well as eligibility pre-screening.

Salvation Army free food pantries are located across the region. The locations offer free or low cost groceries for low income individuals and families in need of help. While the food items provided are free, an appointment is usually required at most sites. However some may provide help on a walk-in and first come first serve basis.

Meals and feeding programs are offered by the Salvation Army year-round for anyone, including families, who need help. This can include free evening meals, lunches, or even breakfast. Many locations will also provide free thanksgiving and Christmas meals too.

Rent assistance is limited, as funding allows. This program is only offered in some areas of Dakota County, Hastings, and the Twin Cities. The Salvation Army also arranges mortgage help as well (mostly by referrals) and find a wide list of programs, even including HUD emergency loans.




Utility and heating bill assistance is primarily offered from HeatShare. Aid is only offered for people who are facing a disconnection. HeatShare helps low income and struggling families in need by providing year-round emergency assistance for paying their utility, heating and cooling bills. Funds are used for various fuel types, including natural gas, oil, electricity, propane, wood, and even furnace repairs. HeatShare is a voluntary program of The Minnesota Salvation Army, including the Dakota location. 1-800-842-7279

Bus cars, gasoline money, and general transportation assistance is offered by the Salvation Army. The non-profit will support those who are in need of transportation assistance. This is only offered after an appointment with a social worker or case manager.

Medical assistance includes limited financial assistance with paying for prescription costs and insurance co-pays, and this is offered on a limited basis by some social service offices. The Salvation Army has information on everything from help for diabetics (including insulin or testing equipment) to prescription drug assistance programs or free clinics in the region. Or look here for other programs that give free insulin.

Job placement and employment assistance is available at some centers. Case managers can help people find employment. Get your resume reviewed, counseling, or access to computers.

Transitional housing and shelter provides time for people to stabilize their lives and ideally find permanent housing and living arrangements. At various sites throughout the twin cities, including Dakota County, the housing program provides support services and temporary housing for up to 6 months to low-income single men and women, single parents, and others. Assistance is also given in cases of domestic break-up, eviction, addiction crisis, or other crisis that was not caused by the individual.

Free or low cost goods and seasonal support from Salvation Army in Dakota County

Thrift stores offer household items and clothing at greatly reduced prices, and these centers are open to the general public across Dakota County. The Salvation Army centers will also usually offer clothing vouchers for families or single adults coping with financial need or a natural disaster such as a fire. Vouchers for personal hygiene items or household products are also usually available to families and individuals who need support. An appointment is necessary.





Free seasonal services are always in high demand, and are provided by the Dakota Salvation Army according to income levels as well as special and specific needs. The Salvation Army provides assistance such as free winter wear for children and teens, holiday gifts for children through Toy Shop and free winter Coats for Kids. There are also back to school supply programs, including shoes, backpacks, haircuts for students and hygiene items.

During the cold Minnesota and Dakota County winters, many families (including the low income and elderly) struggle to pay their winter heating bills or electric costs. Or other bills are not paid so the family can keep their  heat on or homes warm. The Dakota County Salvation Army heating bill assistance programs may assist. There are many options out there, and find more energy assistance programs by state.

Applying for Salvation Army assistance programs in Dakota County

There are multiple sites with thrift stores, food pantries and financial aid as well. Each Salvation Army center also gives referrals if/when needed. The locations include the following.

  • 13901 Fairview Drive, Burnsville, Minnesota, call (952) 898-2736
  • 14101 Irving Avenue South, Burnsville, MN, call (952) 435-7462
  • 1110 Vermillion Street, Hastings, Minnesota, telephone number (651) 319-0329


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