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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty

By the end of the 4th grade, African-American, Hispanic and low-income students are already two years behind grade level.

By the time they reach the 12th grade, the same kids are four years behind.

Children in poverty have greater learning challenges.

Children who live below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to develop mental delays or learning disabilities than those who don't live in poverty.

How we help empower youth

The Salvation Army operates youth programs in low and moderate income neighborhoods across the Mankato area. These programs provide children with a safe place to play and learn in a supervised and constructive environment. The Salvation Army will continue to make an effort in the local communities to provide these learning opportunities.

Back-to-School Supplies

Our back-to-school program provides kids with the necessary supplies to return to school. We collect basic school supplies and distribute them in August to families in need with children attending grades K-12 in Blue Earth County and North Mankato only. We do not provide school supplies for preschool or college age levels. Annually, the program provides supplies to 500 children.

To qualify for back-to-school assistance, you must visit our office at 700 S. Riverfront Dr. and bring a photo ID and proof of assistance.

Bundle Me Warm Winter Apparel

The Bundle Me Warm program offers new and gently used coats and winter outer apparel to children as well as adults. This free program is available to everyone in need.  Please call main line for more information.

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