Wake County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Programs that may be offered in the Raleigh area by the Salvation Army include rent help, shelter, food, free Christmas assistance, gift cards, school supplies and much more. All support is limited by available resources and donations, and each program will have an application process as well as conditions that need to be met by applicants.

Emergency assistance

Food pantry – A couple days per week, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Salvation Army provides free bags of groceries and food. Any type of assistance is limited to a small number of families. Appointments need to be made, and families or individuals can make appointments up to 2 weeks in advance. Participants in this Salvation Army program may receive 1-3 bags of groceries, and at most get help once every 3 months. Appointments need to be made. This includes local Wake County centers are as at other food pantries in North Carolina.

A program known as Staying Sheltered, Warm & Well is offered for paying utilities and rent. When available, at most $100 can be paid out for these expenses. Assistance is only available Monday-Thursday, and is very limited. Usually only a few people will qualify. Anyone who is interested needs to call to make an appointment with a case manager from the Wake County Salvation Army.

Financial assistance of up to $100 (as funding allows) will be paid for rent if an applicant has court eviction papers. Money may pay utility bills if someone has a shut off notice. Applicants will need to bring proof, including your final notice for a utility bill or Court Eviction papers for rental assistance. The client will also need to pay a portion of their past due balance on their account to (on their own), as the Salvation Army will only pay a portion of the past due amount.





Clothes and vouchers may be distributed for new and used clothing, with a focus on people who need items for a job or school. Several families will receive vouchers every week from the Wake County Family Store. You will need to call to make an appointment. There is also the free annual school supply giveaway and drives with sneakers, pens, book bags, and many other items for students in Wake County.

In addition to distributing clothing, free winter coats may be offered from October through February to families and children as needed. There may also be hats, gloves, and other warm weather gear from the Raleigh area Salvation Army. The free winter type coats are picked up at the same time that vouchers are received.





Women and Children’s Emergency Shelter is offered by the Salvation Army of Wake County. A focus is on assisting those fleeing domestic violence as well as homeless women with children. Receive a place to stay, as well as case management.

Meals are offered from the soup line. Anyone who needs help may come and enjoy a free evening meal at the Soup Line which is run from a Raleigh location. Meals are offered every day of the week, and usually from 5 to 6 pm. No appointments, identification or information is required in order to receive a hot meal from the Raleigh Salvation Army, and anyone can stop by. The Social Ministries Department administers the service.

Seasonal Salvation Army programs in Wake County

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Holiday Joy is available. The Salvation Army will really ramp up its support during the Christmas season. It is always a goal to make sure the joy of Christmas and the holidays reach every family in Wake County North Carolina. The organization will fill stockings and packages to brighten the children’s Christmas morning, offer toys and gifts, and also provide Thanksgiving meal baskets for a home-cooked meal.

Thanksgiving food baskets contain special items, including meat, Turkey, desert, and other ingredients. The food baskets are distributed prior to the Thanksgiving holiday through the food pantry program. There are also other Thanksgiving assistance programs for the needy in Wake County.

Angel Tree is the primary Christmas program that provides gifts, clothing and toys for children up to age of 12. The gifts from this Salvation Army program will are distributed across the Raleigh region prior to December 25th. A Christmas toy shop will also normally be set up during the month of December. If you and your child are signed up for the Angel Tree program, you can choose toys, clothing, and gifts for your children during the Christmas season.

Toy-filled stockings are also offered, and items are given to children from low income families. The stockings are provided along with their Christmas presents during the two-day Angel Tree distribution period. Last, but not least, gift packs are distributed during the holiday season. Help is also offered to senior citizens, nursing home residents and even prison inmates.




Addresses of Salvation Army centers in Wake County and Raleigh

Case managers from the Salvation army operate from several sites. Each has their own financial assistance programs, Family Stores and resources, but they can also refer low income families to other Wake County agencies if needed. Note thrift stores with low cost goods are open to the public.

  • 215 South Person Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601, telephone 919 834.6733
  • 902 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27604, call 919 832.6918
  • Women & Children's Shelter, 215 South Person Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601, main phone 919 834.6733
  • Family Store & Donation Center, 205 Tryon Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603, main phone 919 779.8867
  • Worship Center, 902 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27604, dial 919 832.6918


By Jon McNamara

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