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Winston Salem and Forsyth County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Forsyth County and Winston Salem families can receive assistance from the Salvation Army. The non-profit agency provides services such as professional guidance, referral services and emergency assistance. All of this aid is part of a holistic approach to providing both short term and long term assistance. Case managers work on increasing a family’s self-reliance through job training, education, and offering a limited amount of emergency financial assistance for expenses such as housing, rent, or utilities.

Walk in food banks and pantries are operated by the Salvation Army across Davie and Forsyth County. The hours are limited, and centers may only be open certain days of the week, such as on Thursday or Friday. In order to receive food or groceries, applicants need to contact and apply through a Salvation Army case manager.

Donations are always accepted and needed. People from the community can donate year round. For the most part, contributions to the food pantry should be non-perishable items. However the Salvation Army can also use large quantities of fresh items, and these can be utilized in the on-site feeding and soup kitchens. They also refer low income families to other free food pantries in North Carolina for their needs.

Emergency assistance and social services are provided from the Salvation Army Winston-Salem Area Command. Programs are offered for qualified individuals in Yadkin, Forsyth, Davie, and Stokes Counties. Families that are considered needy, and who are going through a short term hardship may qualify for emergency financial assistance for certain expenses and bills. Resources are only offered for people faced with a crisis, and who are out of options and other resources.

First and foremost, the emergency assistance will help people pay for and meet basic needs. This includes shelter, food, rent, utilities, and housing costs. After that is more so called non-traditional support, which is employment services and job training.

You will need to apply with, and be assigned to a case manager. They will work one on one with you, and come up with a plan to address your basic needs. The Salvation Army also provides clients with referral service, so learn about other Winston Salem area non-profits and government assistance.





Free professional guidance is provided by the social worker as part of a holistic approach to assistance. This will help increase the client’s self-reliance through job-training and education. A key to self-sufficiency is homeless prevention, and transitional housing is available if needed. The Hispanic community can also receive help from the emergency assistance programs.

Food from Salvation Army in Winston Salem region

The Center of Hope at Trade Street serves hot meals using a trained cooking staff. Items are served on a daily basis. The free meals are served to residents of the Emergency Shelter and Residential Re-Entry Program. However aid is not limited only to them. Dinner can also be served to residents of the Bethesda Center using a voucher system that was developed by the Salvation Army. In addition, a hot breakfast can be served to anyone in the Forsyth County community in need, 365 days a year.

Children can receive meals from the Kids Café program. This is offered between a partnership between the Salvation Army as well as the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the meals are provided to children and teenagers at the Boys & Girls Clubs across Winston Salem and the region. While Kids Café was originally created to be a supplement between an evening meal and school lunch, for many children this may in fact be their only regularly scheduled meal.

Emergency food boxes may be distributed by appointment. This can contain groceries or canned goods. Regardless of your age or background, a community breakfast is also served 365 days of the year in Forsyth and Stokes County North Carolina. An application is required.

Holiday and additional assistance programs

Christmas and Holiday programs include Angel Tree as well as toys and food. Children from low income families and who are in need are provided free gifts of clothing and toys through the Angel Tree program. How it works is people from the community, who are called Angel sponsors, will buy age appropriate gifts and return them to the Salvation Army Angel Tree location for distribution to children. Kids, teenagers, infants, and children will then be able to get the gifts, toys and clothes they need to make the holidays joyful.




Meals, food, and other toys are also provided in Forsyth, Stokes and Yadkin Counties. The Salvation Army will provide free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and toys from other resources such as the Stockings Program. This is offered for children in age from 5 to 12.

Food Boxes are in high demand during the holiday season. Churches, local businesses, the Winston Salem Salvation Army and other civic groups distribute free or low cost food boxes and perishables to low income and needy families.  Dial 336 723-6366 for details on this service.

Give-a-Kid-A-Coat can provide cold weather attire and coats to both adults and children. It is run in partnership with an organization called A Cleaner World. Together they collect and redistribute free, gently used coats to children and adults in the region. The Salvation Army also has details on other places for basic needs, attire, and more. Read more free clothing closets.

There is only one emergency shelter in Winston Salem and Forsyth County that serves families and single women/parents, and it is run by the Salvation Army. In addition to offering housing, the shelter also serves a free, hot breakfast, lunch and dinner. It offers transportation and referrals. Also social services and case management is available to all who need it.

Veterans can receive assistance as well. A program known as The Supportive Services for Veteran Families will offer moderate and low-income veteran families as well as the homeless with advice as well as temporary financial assistance. Receive help for paying rent, moving expenses, security and utility deposits, transportation and daycare assistance. The aid is intended to prevent homeless, and stabilize people in their home or apartment.

Other needs can be met as well. The Forsyth County Salvation Army and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families may also provide additional emergency assistance which may include gasoline, free food, diapers, and baby formula to families with those needs. No matter what type of help you get, all clients will need to participate in various case management services and workshops in order to rapidly transition into long term housing stability.





Case managers will also assist clients with pursuing and identifying opportunities to remove barriers to maintaining permanent affordable housing and help them find a job and increase their income. Clients will need to be able to become self-sufficient and help themselves, and will need to currently have or gain enough income and develop a support network to sustain housing stability.

Salvation Army centers in Forsyth and surrounding counties

  • 1255 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101, dial (336) 722-8721
  • 130-A Stratford Court , Winston-Salem, NC 27103 call (336) 723-6366
  • 770-D Park Centre Drive, Kernersville, North Carolina 27284, main telephone (336) 993-8844
  • 1411 South Broad Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27127, dial (336)725-9923
  • 651 S South St, Mount Airy, NC (336) 786-4075


By Jon McNamara

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