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Lee County and Tupelo Salvation area Army assistance programs.

Low income families in the northeastern part of Mississippi can get assistance from the Salvation Army. The non-profit organization has centers around the region, including in the counties of Lee, Prentiss, Pontotoc, and Monroe. Thousands of working poor families, seniors, and children receive some form of support from the non-profit every year.

Resources to meet basic human needs is always a priority. While not everyone will be able to be assisted due to resource constraints, the organization does its best. The Salvation Army will first and foremost try to address those basic and every day living needs. This will include shelter, food, clothing, and the health and safety of residents. Assisting with all of those needs is a very important first step in the development of a more permanent and positive change in the people and families in the northeastern region of Mississippi.

Financial assistance and family services may be able to provide emergency assistance to qualified lower income people experiencing some form of life crises. Examples of what the Salvation Army may be able to provide includes food, groceries and utility bill assistance. Occasional rent assistance may be offered in Tupelo. Any requests for aid will be made, reviewed and potentially met on a case by case basis by the organization. They try to meet the needs of senior citizens, the homeless, children from low income families in Lee County, and others in the region.

For senior citizens and the elderly that have limited incomes or are living alone, their ability to pay the bills and provide for themselves can be limited. They may need help in accessing government and private services, need support to participate in social and cultural activities. Many also need assistance to provide themselves with healthy, nutritional appropriate meals. This can be compromised. The Salvation Army and its case managers realize that social isolation resulting from loss of personal mobility can lead to sharp declines and depression in physical health. Social workers and volunteers in counties such as Union may be able to visit the homebound, bring them a meal, or arrange transportation for them to a pantry or doctor visits.

After school programs may be offered for school age children and their parents. Many are run in partnership with businesses and non-profits in the state. In general, after school program can provide various opportunities like phonics intervention, tutoring, a free meal, sports and fellowship, and maybe even a basic medical check up.




Housing resources can include emergency shelter, transitional housing, and other programs. The Salvation Army units can provide a safe and stimulating refuge for all kinds of people (including children) that are transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Food pantries are located at most northeastern Mississippi centers. They are generally open year round and can provide groceries, bags of food, perishable items and nutrition information to low-income families. Special free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals and gifts may be distributed too.

Emergency assistance tends to be more rare and is limited by available donations and funding. When possible, some of what may be provided includes gasoline vouchers, bus tickets to stranded motorists, hotel accommodations, assistance with auto repairs, and cooling bill help. Most of these Salvation Army programs are for those individuals at risk of losing their housing or utility service. Other resources may be able to help with school supplies, medical, dental and prescription needs, used clothing and household necessities.

Some of the counties supported in the northeastern corner include the following. Low income families of Lee, Pontotoc , Monroe, Prentiss, and Union County can call upon a center for information or referrals.

Locations of Salvation Army centers in northeaster Mississippi

The region is supported by several locations. If one is not convenient to you, then referrals may be offered for other assistance programs or local resources.

  • 703 Daybrite Dr., Tupelo, Mississippi, (662) 842-9222
  • 816 Robert E Lee Dr in the Tupelo region. Call (662) 842-0301 for intake.
  • 520 W Bankhead St  New Albany, MS 38652, (662) 534-0792.
  • Another Salvation Army office is at 187 Mississippi 15 in Pontotoc. Call (662) 509-9400
  • 2212 E Chambers Dr, Booneville, MS 38829, telephone (662) 728-3715.



By Jon McNamara

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