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 'Hungry' is no way to spend childhood.

Doing The Most to Fight Hunger

The Salvation Army helps cure hunger daily by providing nutritious meals to anyone in need.

To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, most programs and services at The Salvation Army Winnebago County Area Command are closed until further notice. Modified programs and services may still be available. Food pantry is open but items are being pre-packaged. Social services available by appointment at the 416 S. Madison Street location. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at 815-962-7195 or find a location near you.

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59% of people seeking food assistance choose between paying for food and paying rent or mortgage.

Each night in the U.S., 17.4 million families go to bed hungry. An additional 6.9 million families experience very low food security. That means they don't always know where their next meal is coming from.

The Salvation Army provides an average of 156,000 meals every single day across the U.S.

Every day we're providing meals to children in Head Start programs, families in shelters, people living on the streets, and struggling neighbors who are unsure of where their next meal will come from. In addition to addressing the immediate symptoms of food insecurity, our programs are designed to help identify and treat its root cause.

Hunger is curable. You can help.

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The Salvation Army helps cure hunger in our community through:

Food Pantry

The Salvation Army's food pantry at our Social Service Center serves the Rockford/Winnebago County area. Items provided include shelf-stable pantry foods, breads, cereals, meat, and other household necessities. For more information, visit our Social Services page or call 815.972.1135.

Mobile Feeding & Homeless Outreach

The Salvation Army Friday Night Patrol provides food and hygiene products to those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless in our community. Distributions are every Friday night at the Winnebago County Jail and the Crusader Clinic. To volunteer or drop off donations, please call 815.962.7207.

Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Social Service Center at 815-972-1135, find a location near you, or learn more online

Meals at Shelters, Facilities and Other Programs

The Salvation Army provides nutritious meals and snacks for families and individuals in need. We serve dinner during Supper Club at 5 p.m. on Thursday evenings at our Rockford Temple Corps Community Center. Most after-school and camp programs also provide a healthy snack.

How You and Your Family Can Help the Homeless

Homelessness is an issue plaguing cities and neighborhoods across the country. Here are some ideas for how to talk with your children about homelessness, how you can help fight poverty, and what you can do to make an impact in your community.

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Hunger hurts children.

1 in 7 Illinois residents is at risk of going hungry today - and 1 in 5 is a child.
In the United States, 20% (15.3 million) of children under age 18 face food insecurity on a regular basis.

A donation to The Salvation Army feeds children in our community. Cure Hunger now.


Hunger makes you choose.

6 of 10 people seeking food assistance must choose between buying food and paying rent.

The Salvation Army has more than 27 food pantries throughout Chicagoland, Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana that help struggling families obtain nutritious food. Fight Hunger today.


Food insecurity is everywhere

48 million Americans face the threat of hunger every day - in every county across the U.S. Thousands of hardworking families struggle to put a meal on the table.

The Salvation Army provides nutritious food for families in need. Help Struggling Families.


Give now. Change lives forever.


Wherever there is hunger, you'll find The Salvation Army,
feeding people and meeting needs of struggling neighbors.

Watch how The Salvation Army works to feed the body and the soul.

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