The Salvation Army's Response to Covid-19

As the coronavirus COVID-19 has evolved into a pandemic, we are monitoring the situation daily. Safety is of utmost priority, so we have ramped up efforts to slow the spread of this virus among our employees, volunteers, and the homeless and other vulnerable people we serve.

In the United States, one in six people live in poverty, and more than 550,000 are counted as homeless. These populations severely lack access to proper care, hygiene, updated information, and medical resources, which makes them more susceptible to the virus. This is where we come in. This is who we serve.

We are working with local, state, and federal government and health authorities, including participating in situation awareness calls with federal partners like FEMA, CDC, DHS, and HHS. We are developing new hygiene and cleaning protocols to help keep safe our residents and others who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services to survive. In addition, all staff, volunteers, and program participants have been sent hygiene and prevention information as recommended by the CDC.

Meanwhile, our local divisions will continue to work in close partnership with area government and health experts to prepare and respond to meet specific community needs of 23 million individuals we serve each year and the more than 63,000 employees of our organization. We will continue to update this page as developments warrant.


Greater Cincinnati Covid-19 Fast Facts

Food Service

• Pre-packaged Food Boxes being distributed in Butler, Campbell, Kenton, Clermont, and Hamilton Counties.
• To-go packaged meals being distributed from  

Stats March 23-April 30

67,303 total meals provided

10,204 take out meals provided

2,681 food boxes for families

1,599 emotional and spiritual care touch points

466 baby products distributed

3,124 Other services provided


Emotional & Spiritual Care

• Salvation Army Officers (pastors) are providing emotional and spiritual care through phone calls and video conferencing.
• Sunday church services provided via Facebook Live; worship gatherings suspended temporarily.
• Salvation Army Housing and Anti-Human Trafficking Case Managers are actively making telephone reassurance calls to their clients.
• A Prayer Request Form is available HERE. The confidential request is received by a Salvation Army Officer/Pastor.


Donations Management

• Sinclair Cares: “Your Neighbor Needs You” initiative to benefit The Salvation Army. Sinclair Cares: Salvation Army working to meet increased need during pandemic

• Consider giving online to our Virtual Food Drive.

• Financial donations are the most efficient way to support The Salvation Army’s disaster work. People facing layoffs and reduced hours as a result of COVID-19 need emergency assistance with rent, utilities, food, and more. Checks may be sent to The Salvation Army, 114 E. Central Parkway. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; If you would like to give securely online, please donate below:

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Julie Budden
The Salvation Army

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