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Fighting Poverty One Life at a Time

Fighting Poverty One Life at a Time

Our programs offer food, housing, material assistance, guidance and hope,
ensuring that we address both the effects and the root causes of poverty.

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Nationally, more than 43 million Americans live below the poverty line.

Chances are you know at least one friend, neighbor or family member right here in Nebraska, South Dakota or western Iowa who is struggling to make ends meet.

Experts agree that there is no single root cause of all poverty.

Rather, a variety of factors, including hunger, addiction, homelessness, mental illness, unemployment, lack of education, abuse, human trafficking, discrimination and social inequality, can lead to poverty and contribute to its continuation. That's why The Salvation Army offers both short- and long-term assistance and solutions that address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families in order to alleviate the immediate effects of poverty and address the root issues that cause it.

The Salvation Army of Nebraska, South Dakota & Western Iowa helps overcome poverty through:

Pathway of Hope

We strive to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through the Pathway of Hope initiative, offering strengths-based casework to families with children 18 years of age and younger. Services provided include financial counseling and planning, job training and referrals, assistance with housing, and spiritual support. Pathway of Hope works with people where they are, offering practical guidance to help families overcome obstacles and achieve their big-picture goals, one step at a time.

Material assistance

Often it's the smallest things that make the biggest difference: a fan to bring cool relief on a hot day, help paying the electric bill so there's enough money for groceries, or a backpack filled with school supplies so a child is prepared for school. Our material assistance programs provide groceries, clothing and household items, assistance paying for prescription medications and utilities, fans, backpacks and school supplies, and Christmas meal assistance.


Chances are, you know someone who is struggling to put food on the table. Thousands of adults and children in Nebraska, South Dakota and western Iowa are food insecure and don't know where to find their next meal. We address this critical problem by offering multiple food services, including food pantries, lunch and dinnertime community meals, mobile food distribution, and summer lunch programs for school-age children.


As the saying goes, there's no place like home, but sadly, thousands of displaced families, older adults and veterans in our three-state region are not able to enjoy that basic need. We help those without a home climb out of poverty through permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and emergency shelter, ensuring that adults and children have a safe place to live, grow and thrive.

You can ensure poverty isn't permanent for those in need.


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Hunger is a local as well as a global problem.

A donation to The Salvation Army helps those in your community who don't know where they will get their next meal.

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According to demographic studies, children who are poor are more likely to live in poverty as adults.

A donation to The Salvation Army helps to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

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Multiple factors contribute to poverty, some of which you might not expect.

A donation to The Salvation Army supports programs that address hunger, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, unemployment and more.

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