San Bernardino Salvation Army assistance programs.

The San Bernardino County Salvation Army can help families when they are faced with difficult times. Many people are struggling and need some short term assistance such as food, meals, or emergency financial assistance from Family Services.

Emergency food boxes are offered. Many individuals are faced with a short term hardship that is not caused by them, such as a job loss or unexpected medical bill. After buying gas to get to work, or paying the rent, there is not much left to buy groceries, so the emergency food boxes can provide staples such as vegetables, canned fruit, carbohydrates, and protein.

The San Bernardino Salvation Army operates it own pantry where distribution takes place. This is where the groceries, hygiene supplies, paper products and other goods are provided from. If there is not inventory, then referrals can be given to other free emergency food pantries, as there are many in the community.

Holiday meals are offered. The Salvation Army provides a community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner in several San Bernardino centers. Or get information on gifts and toys for children, such as the Angel Tree program.

Emergency assistance can be provided to San Bernardino families from the Family Services program. The organization has resources to help individuals and families with paying for and addressing short term needs. Most Salvation Army locations provide referrals, case management, and advice. Other centers offer emergency rent assistance and utility bill assistance, as funding and resources allow. Each case and application will be carefully assessed to determine legitimate need.




Cooling assistance is offered. For example, during the hot California summer all of the Senior Nutrition Dining Centers (see below) are designated as Cool Zones, which is a place for people to go to stay cool on those hot summer days. Using the services of a Cool Zone is a smart way to save money on home utility and air conditioning bills. The centers will also provide a noon meal, water, and can advise people on utility assistance programs such as HEAP or weatherization.

Senior Dining and Social Centers help the elderly and senior citizens across San Bernardino California. The locations provide free meals and food to hundreds of seniors during the week. Some centers may have volunteers who deliver meals to the homebound and disabled. They provide meals for seniors every weekday for a small suggested donation.





The senior programs include free or low cost nutritious meals at several different Senior Dining and Social Centers. While limited by resources and volunteers, as indicated home delivery of meals is offered in several parts of town. There is no charge for the home delivered meals, but a donation of a few dollars is suggested and appreciated.

Homeless Outreach Team is offered for residents who are currently homeless or on the verge of eviction. They will struggle to find something to eat, and that in itself can be an all-day mission. Working with local charities, churches, and other community partners, the Salvation Army offers hot meals to the homeless and very low income. Case managers also provide resources and guidance. The organization reaches out every day to help those people in need with food, and they feed the homeless Monday - Friday every evening. The Back Country Outreach program is another service for people in the community.

The primary mission of the Homeless Outreach Program is to help a person in transition who is currently in a state of homelessness. They can get advice and support in taking steps toward a more self-sufficient, dignified and productive lifestyle.

Locations and phone numbers of San Bernardino County centers

  • The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps Community Center, 746 W 5th Street
  • San Bernardino, California 92410-3102, Phone 909 888-1336
  • 1412 S. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762-5816, call 909 986-6748
  • Redlands Corps Community Centre, 838 Alta Street, Redlands, California 92374, dial (909) 792-8818
  • Victor Valley Corps Community Center, 14585 La Paz Drive, Victorville, CA 92392-4222, main phone 760 245-2545



By Jon McNamara

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