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Muscatine County Salvation Army assistance programs.

All of the assistance, whether free food or emergency financial help, that is available from the Muscatine County Salvation Army relies on appointments. Anyone who is interested in learning more should call the Social Service Center or food pantry during normal business hours. If found qualified, and if resources are available, the charity may be able to assist.

Another one of the high demand programs is the KidZone Day or Summer Camp. This service runs for several weeks from June to August, and it can help children under the age of 12. The capacity of the Muscatine County Salvation Army summer camp is limited, and there are often small costs (around $70) in place as well. Capacity is limited to around 60 t0 70 kids at most.

What is available includes everything from field trips to summer snacks, recreational activities, and mentoring. The goal is to allow children to interact with peers over the summer, and have a safe place to go. It helps children of all races, religions, and backgrounds grow and develop.

A free food pantry is open most days of the week until 3pm. This will require an appointment with the Muscatine County Salvation Army, so all residents need to call in advance. They should have proof of income, need, residency, and of hardship status.

This relies heavily on donations. The community and local stores provide “gifts”, both financial and maybe surplus groceries. There are also food drives held by carious groups ranging from churches to the boy scouts. All of these groups help allow the pantry to serve those in need.

Emergency Social Services are an option. This is where the financial aid comes from as well as seasonal programs, including Christmas gifts, free school supplies, and transportation. This type of aid heavily depends on the generosity of the community as well. When possible, the Muscatine County Salvation Army may offer the following.

  • Referrals are given to emergency shelters as well as transitional housing programs. Find other Iowa utility bill assistance programs.
  • Funds can be used for paying costs ranging from heating bill to rent, medications, and gasoline costs.
  • Help in applying for benefits, including LIHEAP, SNAP food stamps, and more.





Make an appointment for financial help. While some walk-ins are processed for energy or rent assistance, this is less common. Also be prepared with copies of eviction or disconnect letters, information on public assistance, and other documents.

The seasonal programs are also part of the Muscatine County Salvation Army social services. These programs only operate at certain times of the year. The primary time frames are during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, when many low income families face increased costs for buying gifts, meals, etc. Other times are during back to school or Easter.

If the applicant has done everything possible to make it through these periods of time, and are facing a true crisis, then the Salvation Army will help share the joy with Muscatine residents in need. For those living in poverty or paycheck to paycheck, some free Christmas gifts or toys may be given out. There are also Thanksgiving as well as Christmas food boxes. Those clients with kids in school can seek help during the expensive back to school shopping season. So those are some of the seasonal programs offered.

The Muscatine County Salvation Army also responds during disasters. When a family has a fire in their home, or floods, tornadoes, and the like, first responders are out there. It uses volunteers as well as well trained professionals. They offer the basic needs, ranging from clothing to food, water, shelter, or even vouchers for a local motel room. So various responses are in place.

To learn more or to make an appointment at the Salvation Army in Muscatine, the address is 1000 Oregon Street, Muscatine, Iowa 52761. Phone (563) 263-8272.



By Jon McNamara

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