Toledo area and Lucas County Salvation Army assistance programs.

A number of assistance programs and social services are provided in the Toledo Ohio area by the Salvation Army. Assistance may be offered with one or more of the following needs below. In addition to supporting families in Toledo, emergency assistance and case management is also offered for all of Wood, Ottawa, and Lucas Counties Ohio.

Free or low cost school supplies and items can be provided from Tools for School. This program will be able to help children and teenagers in grades K thru 12th. Based on donations and the need ot the Lucas County family, the Salvation Army can provides students with a new backpack filled with basic school supplies. There may be pens, pencils, notebooks, and much more. Or find other school supply assistance programs as well as coupons.

Food assistance, meals, and groceries can be provided to Toledo Ohio area families up to 4 times during a 12 month period. Items are offered to an individual or family, and qualifications will need to be met.

Summer meals are offered to children from the Lunch Bunch program. This is offered for children 18 and younger.

The Salvation Mobile Service Unit operates in Lucas County. This mobile unit has been operating for several years, and it provides the same emergency assistance and other social services that are offered at the main office.

The Mobile Service Unit will really benefit the needs of persons and families who are unable to come into the main office for any number of reasons. For example, the main beneficiaries are people who are disabled, have a lack of transportation, funds, those who do not have money for gasoline, or who are dealing with child care issues. The unit can provide Applications for Christmas Assistance; Emergency Food; Utility Information & Bill Assistance (when funding is available); Tax Filing Services; and of course Information & Referral to other agencies and programs in Ohio. Call 419-241-1138





Salvation Army utility bill assistance is offered across Wood, Lucas, and Ottawa Counties. Those who need help with paying lights or heating bills can explore their options. You will need to make an appointment. The utility assistance appointment telephone number is 419.241.2294.A number of qualifications will need to be met, and it will partly depend on whether you get your service from Toledo Edison or Columbia Gas. You will need proof of income, photo ID, copies of your current electric or gas bills, copies of paychecks or unemployment filings, and more. Some financial assistance programs will require clients to make a partial co-payment towards their bills. You will also need proof of all household members.

Get information from the Ohio Benefit Bank. The state calls this an Income Enhancement Program, and the Salvation Army can help people navigate it. It provides the needy easier access to programs in Toledo and Lucas County, as well as other regions. Learn about Healthy Start/Healthy Families, Food Stamps, Title XX Child Care Subsidy grants, HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program, Ohio Works First, and Medicare Savings Program.

The Benefit Bank also can help with tax issues. This includes Earned Income Tax Credit and a brief video on the EITC, Child and Additional Child Tax Credits, Back State and Federal Return.

The Salvation Army Christmas Outreach Program can provide free meals, gifts for children, clothing, and winter coats. After all children should not go without experiencing the joy of the holidays just because their family may be struggling. Apply at any of the following locations.

  • Adelante: 520 Broadway St.
  • Crossroads Family Resource Center: 4543 Douglas Rd.
  • Friendship Community Center: 2930 131st. Street
  • Lucas County Jobs & Family Services: 3210 Monroe St.
  • Open Door Resource Center: 1205 N. King Rd.
  • Prince of Peace Church: 4155 Pickle Road
  • The Salvation Army: 620 N. Erie St.
  • Western Lucas County Health Department: 330 Oak Terrace Blvd.-Holland, Ohio

Even if that Lucas County Salvation Army programs can’t help at the holidays, low income families as well as single moms or dads have other options available to them. There are additional resources listed below which assist children, teenagers, and even newborns. Clients can be given clothes, small presents, and more. In addition, find a number of other free Christmas gift programs.

Every area, Toledo area churches, business, and charity organizations sponsor the Angel Tree program, which also can provide gifts and toys. On each tree there is information about a child who needs help during the Christmas season.




Adopt-A-Family Program – This can give a food basket to qualified families. It can provide individuals with a free, complete holiday dinner including meat and vegetables. In addition, families with children can get about two toys per child.

Emergency assistance is offered by the Salvation Army year round. The agency provides various resources and programming to persons in need in Toledo Ohio and neighboring towns and counties. Various forms of assistance may be provided, and includes a free food bag, clothing, financial help with keeping a families utilities on, furniture and much more.

Case management, advice, and help may be offered to an individual trying to overcome challenges associated with substance abuse addiction, a young child struggling with school, the disabled, or a senior unable to get out of their home. Whatever crisis or financial emergency the family is experiencing, the Salvation Army of Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa is there to provide support and listen to your needs.


By Jon McNamara

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