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Mercer County and Trenton Salvation Army assistance programs.

The programs from the Salvation Army in Trenton as well as Mercer County, such as after school care, free  food, financial help for rent or energy bills, and free homeless shelters shelter do not discriminate based on age, race, or religion. The organization will help the poor, immigrants, and vulnerable, such as youth, elderly, and the homeless. In addition to above, as well as free holiday help (Christmas toys, Thanksgiving meals, etc.) the main social services which may be provided are below.

Each one of the resources is available on a limited basis and there will be a designated distribution period. When it comes to financial aid or even a free box of food, this is passed out on a first come and serve basis to income qualified families. The Salvation Army combines emergency support along with referrals to other resources in Mercer County. Residents can decide to call the center on E State St. (the number is below) or they can call the state headquarters.

Salvation Army free food, meals, clothes, and seasonal programs in Trenton NJ region

New or gently used clothing is available for low income families. Kids or the elderly may be given free winter attire (hats, gloves, boots, or jackets) and students can be given uniforms for school. There is also a Dress for Success service for male or female job seekers.

Students may not only be given a uniform or free school supplies, but there may also be after school as well as homework assistance programs arranged. The Salvation Army also gives students free backpacks, notebooks, tablets, and other items (depending on donations) as well as arranging haircuts and hygiene programs. This is only offered at some sites in the state, and it may be arranged from time to time in Trenton New Jersey.

There are 4 main hunger prevention/feeding programs in the greater Trenton area. One of them is focused on feeding senior citizens, but the others are open to any family facing a hardship. There are also soup kitchens for the community too. The Salvation is part of the regional Mercer County food bank network as well, so groceries, formula, and other food is given out to the needy.




First of all, the Mercer County food bank is where both donations from the community end up and where boxes of groceries are distributed from. The Salvation Army center will address emergency food needs and also help people apply for long term benefits. For immediate needs, there may be canned goods and other non-perishable items. The long term help is mainly achieved using the federal government SNAP food stamp program.

The other feeding programs include a Mobile Food Pantry as well as Congregate meal site. These are for the homeless and anyone looking for a meal on a one off basis. Also, as noted, there is a nutrition program for seniors, which serves a free hot meal as well as breakfast to them. The Mercer County Salvation Army also partners with meals on wheels groups in the region.

Christmas and Thanksgiving programs – Hundreds of Trenton area families get help during these seasonal times of the year. There may be free Christmas toys for kids, food, holiday groceries baskets, Turkeys at Thanksgiving, clothing, and more. Or some Mercer County families may be given gift cards or certificates given to parents in Mercer County. There are also meals as well as visitations given to the homebound or the elderly in nursing homes. The Salvation Army and its team of volunteers and staff try to spread holiday cheer. Or find free gift cards at Christmas.

Find funds for paying bills and household expenses in Mercer County

Veterans in Mercer County are another focus of the Salvation Army. They offer them help for their medical needs, such as free prescription medications and check ups, in partnership with the New Jersey Healthcare System Vet Camp. Another program known as Operation Red Shield provides needs based financial aid for utility bills, housing, or rent. The Shield will also take care of other requests, such as help veterans apply for VA benefits or it gives them pastoral counseling too.





Homeless Services incorporate emergency financial aid as well as shelters for men and veterans too. The client is given a roof over their head as well as basic meals, such as a hot meal, use of a laundry facility, and clothing. This is often arranged by the headquarters in the state.

The shelter is combined with other long term assistance. The clients will also receive help in locating permanent housing or applying for rent or security deposit programs. In order to stabilize them in a new home in Mercer County, they can enroll into free workshops that each them money management skills. This will also be combined with on-going follow-up support from their Salvation Army case worker, and this may last several weeks.

The Salvation Army will try to prevent homelessness as well as re-acclimate people living prison or a hospital. These services incorporate everything from grant based aid for rent or energy bills to helping t place clients in job training programs or local transitional housing programs. The goal is to always ensure people of all backgrounds have a safe place to live.

Salvation Army case workers, as well as emergency funds, also tend to ramp up during the fall, winter, and spring months, with a focus on paying heating, utility and energy bills.  As lower income families in Trenton and throughout Mercer County often face higher heating costs in the winter, whether it is oil, electric, propane or something else. There is even the NJ SHARES utility and water bill assistance program.

Phone number and contact number for Salvation Army in Mercer County

For more information, the Mercer County Corps of the Salvation Army is based at 575 E State St., Trenton NJ 08601. Call them at (609) 599-9373. There is also a low cost thrift store (for shopping) that is open to the public.


By Jon McNamara

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