One of our main goals at the Salvation Army of Summit County is to help elevate men, women, and children from despair and provide hope and assistance through programs that work. Click below for more information about the various social service programs that we offer.
Our Red Shield Pantry is a collaborative program with the Akron-Canton Foodbank which began in 2005 at our East Akron Location. This Direct Distribution of Food program—open to anyone--is now located at our main office - 190 S. Maple Street, Akron, and is held every second Wednesday of the month (except December). Gates open at 9:45 AM followed by the distribution of food in a drive thru format, and ends at 11:30 AM Currently we are at the Maple Street location, however since we are looking for a new location, please call monthly for any updated informaition. Our number is 330-762-8481
At our main facility located at 190 S. Maple Street in Akron we provide food assistance on an emergency basis Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday through referral and by appointment. Referrals are made by Info Line which is a centralized intake process for Summit County. Information on eligibility is available at 330-376-4850. Families and individuals are able to select their own food choices to meet their specific household needs.
A hot meal is served daily Monday through Friday, at the following locations. Meals are OPEN TO ALL. Sites are closed on holidays.
- The Salvation Army - Akron (190 S. Maple Street, Akron) - noon to 1:00 p.m.
- The Salvation Army - Barberton (560 Wooster Road, Barberton) - noon to 1:00 p.m.
- Patterson Park Community Center (800 Patterson Avenue, Akron) - 11:00 a.m. - noon
- Summit Lake Community Center (380 W. Croiser Street, Akron) - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- WEDNESDAY ONLY - Church of the Holy Spirit (1446 S. Main Street, Akron)
The facility in Akron (190 S. Maple Street) provides hot showers for individuals in need daily Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. All showers include soap, shampoo, razor and a clean fresh towel. Individuals must provide a valid picture ID.
Our Hot Shower program allows the homeless to "come clean," but often the needy must put on their dirty clothes, including their dirty undergarments, after a shower. H.U.G.S (which stands for Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks) for the Homeless provides a variety of new, clean undergarments, socks, hats and gloves for those we serve. We need donations to provide new, packaged mens, women's, boys and girls undershirts, underpants, and white athletic socks in all sizes to our clients and Booth Manor Emergency Shelter residents.
Residents within Summit County in need of gas or electric assistance due to a current disconnection notice may apply once every 12 months. They must be eligible according to program and income guidelines. Calls are taken every Monday from 8:00 AM through 9:00 AM, first come first serve only for intake when funding is available. The resident will be called back and given an appointment for the same week if eligible.
Unfortunately we are unable to assist with water bills.
Each Christmas, The Salvation Army of Summit County assists over a thousand local families with toys, food and or cleaning supplies. We assist in the following ways: