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Jacksonville Florida area Salvation Army assists with basic needs and bills.

Whether you need shelter, food, homeless prevention, rent assistance or job placement, or help around the Christmas holidays, the Salvation Army in Jacksonville Florida may be able to assist you. They offer a number of services, and all financial aid provided is done so with compassion, confidentiality and care.

Emergency assistance and basic needs from Jacksonville Salvation Army

Below are some of the programs offered to qualified low income families and individuals.

Holiday meals, including Thanksgiving Food Boxes can provide groceries and food, and it will be enough for a complete holiday meal. This can include items such as canned and dry goods, chicken, or a whole turkey. All food boxes are distributed only to income-eligible families in the Duval County region. An open-house style meal for working poor and indigent individuals and families is prepared for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve meals.

Financial assistance – The Jacksonville Salvation Army may have funds for paying rent, free fans for cooling, and utility bill assistance. Money may be provided through various funding sources to assist qualified lower income families or individuals in financial crises or an emergency.

Toy Shop / Angel Tree is another holiday/Christmas program that distributes clothing, toys, stockings, and gifts for children from needy families. The child needs to be twelve years of age or younger. Gifts that are distributed are part of donations from local families, individuals, families, churches and other non-profit organizations. The Angel Trees are set up throughout the Jacksonville and greater Duval County community. Items are also distributed at the Toy Shop after Thanksgiving and shortly before the Christmas holiday.

Thanksgiving grocery boxes provide enough food, perishable items and other foodstuff for a family to help them enjoy a home cooked Thanksgiving meal. The application period varies, but it usually opens in October of every year, and enough is provided to help people cook a feast! There are all the toppings and other items needed as well, and it can be enough to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for free.





Food Bank and pantry is offered between Second Harvest Food Bank and the Salvation Army. On average over 250 Jacksonville Florida households receive assistance every week.

Another resource is known as Food for Families, which is a food pantry program created by the non-profit. It provides supplemental food and free groceries to hundreds of people in northern Florida, including Duval County.

Ongoing meals and so called night feeding centers offer dinner for the very low income and working poor. Meals are provided seven nights a week and also on Sunday morning. The Salvation Army serves thousands of meals per month as part of this service, and many people volunteer for this program. The agency also works with the local churches.

School supplies may also be provided from the Jacksonville location as part of a program known as “Stuff the Bus”. This Salvation Army program is run in partnership with other non-profits such as Community First Credit Union, First Coast News and Publix Super Markets. In most years over 1000 families will receive free school supplies during the summer months. Read more on bank to school supply programs.

Shelters are offered at the Towers Memorial Social Services Center. Pregnant women can receive short term transitional housing and shelter for the duration of their pregnancy and beyond birth through the Mommy-to-be program. A Cold Night Center is also open to the homeless or people who were evicted in Duval County Florida. Case managers can help people access low cost public housing, explore financial assistance programs for rent and deposits, and other aid.

Serving dinner for unsheltered homeless persons and the working poor occurs every night of the year and on Sunday mornings at the Soup Kitchen. Staffed through volunteers, the year-round food program is supported by churches, civic groups, families and individuals who want to give back to the community.

Life Skills Assistance is another Salvation Army program for Jacksonville Florida families. Resources can help clients get back on their feet by offering a number of free services. Among them include debt relief counseling, job preparation and placement, transitional housing, budgeting and educational programs. Each training program or workshop is tailored to the person’s individual needs. Social workers and volunteers also offer comprehensive case-management services.




Family Services includes case management and shelter care to either individuals or families suffering from homelessness or evictions. Three meals per day are offered, such as life-skills assistance (see above), job placement assistance and financial guidance.

Jacksonville Florida area Salvation Army locations

The primary Salvation Army social service offices and Family Stores in Duval County are listed below. Residents of all backgrounds, races, religions, and incomes can apply for help. Free items, food, financial help for paying bills, school supplies, furniture, and much more may be offered.

  • Citadel Corps is at 15 East Church Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202, (904) 366-9222
  • Jacksonville Senior Center is located at 17 East Church Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202, call (904) 366-9222
  • The Salvation Army of Middleburg, Florida  32068. Phone (904) 276-6677
  • St. Augustine Corps, 1850 State Road 207, Saint Augustine, FL 32085, main phone (904) 824-6880
  • 410 South 9th Street, (corner of 9th and Date), Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034, dial (904) 321-0435


By Jon McNamara

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