Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota
Basic Needs

Basic Needs

When hard times hit, The Salvation Army is here to make sure all your basic needs are met. Whether you need a bag of groceries to get through the weekend, assistance paying a bill or a more long-term solution, every county in Minnesota and North Dakota has either a worship and service center or a service unit representative ready to help.

Click the links below to reveal a description of each basic needs service we provide:

Meal Programs and Food Shelves


We never want you to go a day without a meal. Many of our locations provide hot meals year-round to anyone who needs it, no questions asked. There are also Salvation Army food shelves that offer free groceries and grocery delivery to homebound seniors. Contact the location near you to learn which meals are provided each week and determine which food shelf serves your area. You may need an appointment for groceries, depending on the location.

Food Stamp Application Help


Many of our social service offices offer a pre-screening, so simply stop by to request help. That’s the first step toward receiving assistance from the Federal Food Support Programs. Once we determine if you meet the eligibility requirements, we can help you file an application for benefits.

Rent Assistance


When you don’t know where the money for your next rent payment is coming from, check with your local social service office to see if funding is currently available for rent assistance. This type of funding ebbs and flows, but if we can help, we will.

Utility Assistance


A winter storm hits the same day you receive a notice from your energy provider that your heat will be disconnected due to an overdue balance. We can help. Our HeatShare program can pay your utility bill once you have a shut-off notice in hand. Call the HeatShare hotline at 1-800-842-7279 for immediate help.

Employment Assistance


Steady employment is the core to your long-term stability. We want to help you find a job that not only pays the bills, but utilizes your God-given skills. For help finding a job, contact your local service unit.

Salvation Army Stores


Clothing and household items can be a drain on an already tight budget. Our Salvation Army stores sell these items at a reduced cost. We can supply store vouchers for single adults who are disaster survivors or are experiencing financial strain. Families or individuals may also qualify for household vouchers. To request a store voucher, schedule an appointment with your local social service office.

Transportation Assistance


An unexpected accident totaled your car that was supposed to last five more years, or you’ve lost your job and money is too tight for the tank of gas needed to get to a job interview. The scenarios vary, but one constant is that The Salvation Army is there to help. We can provide bus cards and gas money. To request transportation assistance, schedule an appointment with your local social service office.

Medical Assistance


Nothing is more stressful during a medical emergency than the piling up of unpaid bills. Check with your local social service office to see if funding is currently available for medical assistance. We may be able to help with insurance co-pays and prescription costs.

Seasonal Services


We understand the winter months may be especially difficult as needs arise, but finances are low. When growing kids require new snow boots, gloves, hats and coats, let Coats for Kids provide the pricey must-haves to keep your kids warm. Not to mention Christmas, which can be more stressful than joyful when the budget is tight. We may have a holiday program that meets your family’s needs.

Pathway of Hope for Families


Pathway of Hope is a Salvation Army approach to creating a path out of intergenerational poverty. We provide targeted services to families with children that desire to break the cycle of crisis, touching two generations. Through case management, we focus on a family’s capabilities and raise hope, empowering them to overcome barriers on the path to sufficiency.

This program is currently available in northern Minnesota, plus some Twin Cities and North Dakota locations.

Enter your ZIP code below to find basic needs services in your area.

View The Salvation Army Poverty Report: “Perceptions of Poverty”.