Sanford and Seminole County Florida Salvation Army programs.

Lower income and working poor families in Seminole County Florida can stop by the Salvation Army for information. Regardless of your religion or age, the non-profit administers social services and emergency financial assistance for income qualified residents. Senior citizens, families with children, single parents and other working poor families are often given priority, provided they meet income and other qualifications.

The demand for assistance is extensive and increasing, mostly due to the weaker economy in Florida. Numerous requests are made for food, utility bill and rent assistance, and the organization will do what it can to fulfill the requests. Funding is limited, and donations are always appreciated.

The Salvation Army offers social services, and will try to help the public by providing assistance with groceries and food. Financial assistance for paying utility bills and/or rent may be offered too, though is limited. In order to qualify for any type of financial help or other aid, applicants will need to bring the following information, including, but not limited to, the bill or lease which needs to be paid, State ID card (current), proof of address and total household income, as well as social security cards of every member in the household.

Food pantries and clothing closets are located in Seminole County. An extensive number of items and foodstuffs are available there. Some examples of what can be distributed include hot meals, baby formula and food, canned groceries, free diapers, and even pacifiers or toys. Some other the clothing voucher type items include work clothes and shoes, or backpacks for students.

Food Pantry distributions are held in most centers on a monthly, weekly, or biweekly basis. Most of the food is offered for senior citizens or the working poor. The food is intended to be emergency assistance that is key to sustaining health to those who could not otherwise afford to pay for healthy meals on their own.





Free Christmas and Holiday assistance - The Salvation Army makes an Annual Appeal around Thanksgiving and Christmas in order to raise much needed funds for their programs. They work extensively with the needy, low income, and children over the holidays. This includes providing free food, clothing, meals and toys for families. A focus is really on enabling children to experience the joy of the Christmas Season. Other holiday programs include Children's Angel Tree, Adopt-A-Family, Holiday Food Baskets, Senior Angel Tree, Thanksgiving Dinner, Pantry Food Drive, and a free Christmas Dinner.

Any donations or contributions that people make do not just stop at the holiday. Funds that are not expended for Seasonal or Christmas Assistance are used throughout the year to enable the charitable work to continue to those in need, including around the back to school season and Easter.

The Salvation Army usually assists thousands of people in Seminole and Sanford County Florida through social services and financial assistance. The non-profit offers many comprehensive, unique and sophisticated emergency assistance programs, which address the multiple needs that are evident across the region.

Salvation Army services and programs in Florida are extensive and are based on funding and donations.  Other examples include food distribution centers, emergency assistance, homeless services, transitional housing, domestic violence shelters, medical and dental clinics. Some of the more non-financial resources offered are summer camps, elderly residential centers, HIV/AIDS housing, career counseling and job training, tutoring, day care and after school programs, and crisis counseling. Some programs for inmates, including probation counseling, may be offered.

Building self-sufficiency is key to people being able to pay their bills on their own. Case workers can help people by administrating programs including GED Classes, Adult Literacy Lessons, Budgeting, Job Readiness and Training Programs, and a service called Career Connections Centers. The goal is to help people find a job and increase their income.

Addresses of centers in Seminole County

700 West 24th Street, Sanford, Florida (407) 322-2642

1330 State Road 436, FL Casselberry, (407) 671-4419




By Jon McNamara

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