At The Salvation Army, we know the power of In-Kind contributions. Gifts In-Kind allow us to build our capacity, hold down our overhead costs, expand our capabilities, and ultimately, serve more people in our community. Some of our most needed items include nonperishable food, new clothing, boxed fans and space heaters, new toys and donations for our day shelter – such as coats, blankets and personal toiletries.
Gifts In-Kind also allow individuals and organizations to donate goods to assist those with an immediate need, while knowing that their contributions are going towards a good cause. Many people enjoy giving physical items, since they are able to see the tangible benefit of their contribution. All gifts are distributed through our social service programs or to our clients via special events.
The Chattanooga Salvation Army feeds hungry people. And it is our goal always to provide healthy, nutritious food. We are updating our Food List to include whole grains, protein-rich and low sodium foods as well as seasonings, dried herbs and cooking/baking ingredients.
We can only accept non-perishable food items, and it is against policy to give out anything past its expiration date. So, please consider donating from among the healthy foods listed below, and always be sure to check the expiration date. Thank you!
Food Drive Suggested Items
Canned low-sodium cream-based soups
Canned fruit or fruit cups packed in water
Dried fruit such as raisins and cranberries
Boxed macaroni & cheese
Crackers - whole-wheat or white, any brand or size
Flour tortillas - whole-wheat or white
Granola bars of any kind or pre-packaged granola
Pasta noodles - whole-wheat or white, any shape or size
Pop-corn - microwaveable
Pre-packaged crackers - with cheese or peanut butter
Rice - whole-wheat, wild or white
Baking supplies - flour, sugar and cornmeal
Cooking oils - olive, canola, peanut or others low
in saturated fat
Low-sodium broth/stock - any flavor in cartons,
jars or in cube form
Low-sodium dehydrated soups mixes
Low-sodium seasonings, spices and herbs
Canned chicken or fish
Canned low-sodium soups with meat
Dried or canned beans
Nuts of any kind with low or no salt
Canned low-sodium vegetables and soups
Canned tomatoes - sauce, whole, crushed, peeled
Dried or canned beans
Jars of spaghetti sauce with or without meat
Each holiday season, The Salvation Army collects new toys for children whose families are living below the poverty level.
The majority of the toys are collected through the well-known Angel Tree program. However, each year The Salvation Army makes a commitment to help more children than can be provided for through the Angel Tree program.
Toy drives by companies, churches, schools, civic clubs and other community groups help provide toys so all the children on our list will receive gifts on Christmas Day.
Toy Drive Suggested Items
Remote Control Cars
Dolls & Doll Clothes
Boxed Fans & Space Heaters Drive
Extreme weather creates serious health problems for the elderly, the very young and persons with chronic diseases. These at-risk persons are most likely to suffer in extreme weather. You can bring comfort to a family or individual in need for approximately $15 per fan or $25 per space heater. Box fans and space heaters may be dropped-off at the