We fight poverty with love.

We fight poverty with love.

Through programs that serve the body, mind and soul, The Salvation Army alleviates the symptoms of poverty, then works to address the root issues that cause it.

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46.7 million Americans live below the poverty line. 60 million more live one crisis away.

Sadly, children raised in poverty are 32% more likely to remain there than their more fortunate peers.

The Salvation Army is active in every zip code in America to feed, shelter, assist and equip the poor.

Poverty is often the result of, and catalyst for, chronic struggles with hunger, addiction, housing insecurity, mental illness, unemployment, educational voids, and various forms of abuse. These interconnected issues continue year after year and generation after generation. That’s why we work to meet the needs of the whole person through short- and long-term assistance. Through programs that serve the body, mind and soul, we alleviate the symptoms of poverty, then work to address the root issues that cause it. This holistic approach helps create sustainable change in millions of lives, every single day.

Poverty doesn't have to be permanent. You can help.


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The Salvation Army helps
overcome poverty through:


Because housing insecurity is strongly linked to prolonged poverty, The Salvation Army works to provide short- and long-term housing assistance to displaced families and individuals. In efforts to help maintain each person’s health, dignity, and stability, we provide 10.8 million nights of safe, climate-controlled shelter every year.

Meal Assistance

One of the hallmarks of poverty is the painful choice between “heating and eating.” That is, families must decide whether they’ll pay their bills or pay for food. They do not have sufficient funds to do both. To help combat this impossible position, each year, The Salvation Army serves over 60 million warm, nutritious meals to those in need.

Bill-Pay Assistance

We help struggling families avoid falling into the cycle of crisis by supplementing their income with utility, rent, and other vital payments. Oftentimes, this assistance becomes the difference between shelter and eviction, between maintaining honest work and selling drugs or services for money, and between keeping kids in one place and moving them out of their home and onto the streets.

Employment Assistance

As part of our comprehensive approach to helping families climb out of poverty, we equip moms and dads with educational resources, career coaching, and job placement opportunities. By qualifying and directing individuals to achieve stable and gainful employment, we help reduce the need for bill-pay, feeding, and shelter assistance.

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Poverty impacts the most vulnerable.

21% (15.5 million) of children under age 18 live in poverty.

10% (4.6 million) of seniors over age 65 live in poverty.

29% (4 million) of those living with a disability live in poverty.

6% (1.2 million) of veterans live in poverty.

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Childhood poverty is an epidemic.

Among the 35 wealthiest countries in the world, The United States has the 2nd-highest child poverty rate – One of out of every five children lives below the poverty line.

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Poverty is costly to society.

14.8% of Americans – and 21% of the nation's children - currently live in poverty.

Childhood poverty, alone, costs the United States $500 billion a year. (That’s 4% of our nation’s GDP)

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The Salvation Army exists
to pave a way out of poverty.

Watch how we work to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

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