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The Salvation Army - Holiday Assistance 2022 Qualifications and Programs

WHO do we help?
•    Households that have not applied for holiday assistance elsewhere
•    Serving residents of Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie Counties

WHAT assistance is available?
•    Thanksgiving or Christmas Food Basket
•    Christmas Toys and Gifts (children ages infant -17) 

WHERE can I apply?
•    This year families with children can apply ONLINE or IN-PERSON
•    Families and households applying for Food Basket only must apply in-person  

 
*Applications submitted online are not considered complete until they have been reviewed and approved by The Salvation Army holiday assistance administration team. Watch for the verification email.   

WHEN and WHERE can I apply? 

GIFTS with FOOD BASKET REGISTRATION
APPLY ONLINE
Date: October 31 – December 12
ANGEL TREE REGISTRATION (Traverse City applications will go live at 10 AM - October 31 and will close December 12 at 4:00 PM

APPLY IN PERSON
Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Location: The Salvation Army, 
1239 Barlow St. Traverse City, MI 49686
Questions: Call 231-946-4644 

HOLIDAY FOOD BASKET ONLY REGISTRATION
Food Only - Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday Food Baskets  (available to adult-only families and families without minor children only) 
*There is no online application for Food Only Assistance. Applications are available at The Salvation Army or you can click here to download the application to bring with you. 
*Deadline for Thanksgiving Food Baskets registration is November 18.  

APPLY IN PERSON
Dates: October 31 – December 12
Times: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm
Location: The Salvation Army 
1239 Barlow St. Traverse City, MI 49686

HOW do I qualify for assistance? 
The following documentation must be uploaded during the online application and presented at the time of in-person registration. 
•    Documentation:  
o    Picture ID for all household members ages 18 and up is required. 
o    Proof of current physical address.
o    One ID for EACH child being registered that shows birth date
(Examples: Birth Certificate, Shot Record, or School Record). *Social Security Cards not accepted
o  Click here to- Complete and upload Salvation Army TC Food Basket and Teen Angel Document
         
•    Verification of Income: 
o    Verification of income is required; it must display all household income for last 30 days. 
(Paystubs – if no income DHHS award letters)  
o    Tax forms or a bank statement is accepted to verify the income for the self-employed 
o    Families up to the 150 percentile of the 2021 federal poverty level are eligible for assistance.      

Please bring all of the above documentation to the in-person Holiday Assistance sign up or you WILL NOT BE REGISTERED at that time.

Apply for Assistance

Click here to APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE 

Thanksgiving Community Meal
The Salvation Army invites the community to join them for the Thanksgiving Community Meal on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, from 11:30 am – 2 pm. Thanksgiving Dinner will be served with all the fixing sit-down or to-go.
 
Please join us in Thanksgiving, Friendship, and Fellowship.  

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Location: The Salvation Army, 1239 Barlow St. Traverse City
Time: 11:30 am - 2 pm

Christmas Community Meal
The Salvation Army invites the community to join them for their Christmas Community Meal on Friday, December 23, 2022. Dinner will be served with all the fixing sit-down or to-go.

Come one; come all in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and the gift of friendship and fellowship.

Date: Friday, December 23, 2022
Location: The Salvation Army, 1239 Barlow St. Traverse City
Time: 11:30 am - 2 pm

All are welcome - please join us! 

Click here for weekly services schedule and other ways we can assist. 

Click here to find out how you can help make Christmas Bright and Bring Hope in 2023!