Across the country, millions of Americans are reeling from the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Faced with challenges including job and income loss, hunger, and the inability to pay bills, they’re being forced to make difficult decisions between basic necessities.
For many, these choices could mean the difference between “home” and “homeless.”
This issue — pandemic poverty — is having a profound impact on the stability of American families:
As of March 2021, the poverty rate reached a pandemic high of 11.7% — a full point higher than one year prior. As these trends continue, millions of families are at risk of entering a generational cycle of poverty and homelessness.
The Salvation Army serves those struggling to make ends meet via a multitude of sheltering resources. We focus on helping vulnerable families maintain housing stability through rent and bill pay assistance programs.
The essential services that we provide on a year-round basis – homeless shelters, food pantries, disaster relief, veteran’s services and others – are for the benefit of our country’s most vulnerable people. Because of a lack of information and access to good hygiene, homeless families and those living in poverty have been hit especially hard by the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
We know concerned Americans are looking for ways to help during this crisis. The Salvation Army will continue to open our arms, hearts, and doors to those who need us, but our homeless shelters and food pantries are quickly reaching capacity. We are at work finding alternatives and solutions to this reality, like mobile food service and deliveries to families in need who are sheltering in place.
Please consider helping us help your neighbors in need during this crisis. You can rest assured that your donation will stay in your own area.
Q: How can I donate money to support Coronavirus COVID-19 relief efforts?
A: To support The Salvation Army, a monetary donation ensures we can continue service delivery in your community. Financial contributions allow us to quickly respond to changing needs, as well as support local economies through the purchase of goods. Every dollar gives hope to those living in poverty during this pandemic.
Your donations to The Salvation Army help us serve the most vulnerable members of your community.
A: Some of our thrift stores have reopened and are accepting clothing and household goods. Please visit our Thrift Stores locator to find your nearest drop-off location or to schedule a pickup where available.
Q: How can I mobilize others from my computer?
Create your own fundraiser to provide hope to those in need in your community.
Q: Can I make a recurring gift?
A: Yes. The assurance of ongoing revenue from recurring gifts empowers The Salvation Army to expand our services further and faster.
Q: Can I donate food?
A: Yes. Local Salvation Army facilities are in need of the following in-kind items:
Check with your local Salvation Army to learn what’s needed.
Q: Can I volunteer my time to the cause?
A: In some locations, yes. Please check with your local Salvation Army to see if there are any volunteer opportunities if you would like benefit your community that way.
National media relations are handled by The Salvation Army National Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, and its public relations consultant, Richards Partners.