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All Library locations will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Staff Development Day.

Food, Cash, & Transportation Assistance

We all need a little help sometimes. If you have lost income, here are some available resources to help you get by during this challenging time. Apply for long term and short term help through:

  • Food Assistance (SNAP)
  • Cash Assistance (TANF)
  • 211 and United Way
  • City of South Bend’s COVID 19 Community Resources

Reach out to a librarian with any questions or for one-on-one assistance navigating these resources!

Call 574-282-4646
Email library@sjcpl.org
Visit any library location

Food Assistance (SNAP)

SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is available to help individuals and families buy the food they need for good health when their income has been reduced.

  • Apply by phone: 800-403-0864
    • The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Family Resources (FSSA/DFR) offices. This is a statewide number serving residents of all Indiana counties.
    • Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.

Frequently Asked Questions | Info and updates about SNAP | Appeals process

  • Apply by mail:
    • South Bend Office, St. Joseph County DF
      401 E. Colfax Ave., Suite 375
      South Bend, IN 46617-2737
      Telephone/fax number: 800-403-0864
      ZIP codes 46536, 46552, 46554, 46574, 46595, 46601, 46613, 46614, 46615, 46616, 46617, 46619, 46624, 46626, 46628, 46634
    • Mishawaka Office, St. Joseph County DFR
      102 N. Center St., Suite 500
      Mishawaka, IN 46544-1232
      Telephone/fax number: 800-403-0864
      ZIP codes 46530, 46544, 46545, 46546, 46556, 46561, 46635, 46637, 46660, 46680, 46699

NOTE: While offices are closed, all scheduled appointments will take place over the phone.

Local Food Assistance in St. Joseph County

Food Bank of Northern Indiana (South Bend)
702 Chapin Street
South Bend, IN 46601
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
574-232-9986


Mishawaka Food Pantry
315 Lincolnway West
Mishawaka, IN 46544
Monday – Friday 10 AM to 2 PM
574-220-6213


St. Augustine Parish Soup Kitchen
1501 W Washington Street
South Bend, IN 46619
Main Phone (574) 234-7082
Soup Kitchen (574) 234-6334

“The Saint Augustine Soup Kitchen was founded by Francis Hubbard as his deaconate project in the mid to late 1970’s. He was a member of St. Augustine parish and the soup kitchen has been a parish project since its founding, although the soup kitchen maintains its own funding and governance structure. Francis sought out and was given financial help from the St. Vincent de Paul Society and they have considered the soup kitchen as one of their outreach projects as well.”


Titans Feeding Titans Food Pantry
South Bend, IN 46615
Fine Arts Building, Room 111
574-520-4256

Titans Feeding Titans Food Pantry is a student-run food pantry for the students and staff of Indiana South Bend.”


Unity Gardens
Main Garden, LaSalle Square
3701 Prast Blvd
South Bend IN 46628
574-315-4361 – call or text

“Unity Gardens’ mission is to improve community health: Physically by increasing accessibility of fruits and vegetables as well as providing education on nutrition and food preparation. Socially by providing education, increased social capital, and opportunities for the disadvantaged. Economically: by developing a sustainable local food system, recapturing food waste, creating new jobs, and increasing per-capita productivity.”

When will eligible households receive benefits?
“Eligible households that are not already certified to receive SNAP and will have a monthly gross income of less than $150 AND less than $100 in cash / checking / savings in the month of application, or have monthly housing costs that exceed their gross monthly income and cash/checking/savings for the month of application will receive benefits within seven days from the date of application. Other households will receive notification of determination within thirty days from the date of application.”

Cash Assistance (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a program that provides cash assistance and supportive services to assist families with children under age 18.

  • Apply online here.
  • Apply by phone: 800-403-0864
    • The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Family Resources (FSSA/DFR) offices. This is a statewide number serving residents of all Indiana counties.
      • Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.

Frequently Asked Questions | Appeals process

South Bend Office, St. Joseph County DFR

  • 401 E. Colfax Ave., Suite 375
    South Bend, IN 46617-2737
  • ZIP codes 46536, 46552, 46554, 46574, 46595, 46601, 46613, 46614, 46615, 46616, 46617, 46619, 46624, 46626, 46628, 46634

Mishawaka Office, St. Joseph County DFR

  • 102 N. Center St., Suite 500
    Mishawaka, IN 46544-1232
  • ZIP codes 46530, 46544, 46545, 46546, 46556, 46561, 46635, 46637, 46660, 46680, 46699
  • Apply by mail: Division of Family Resources P.O. Box 1810, Marion, IN 46952.

Family and Social Service Administration (FSSA)

The FSSA can help connect you with social services and health care.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance (FEMA)

WIC (Women, Infants & Children)

WIC aims to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children under age 5 by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, nutrition education and health care referrals.

St. Joseph County WIC Program
201 Lincolnway West, Mishawaka, IN 46544
(574) 647-2175; (Alt. # 574-647-2184)
Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri.: 8:00 – 5:00; Tues.: 10:00 – 7:00
FAX (574) 647-2178

South Bend
325 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 647-2100
Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri.: 8:00 – 5:00; Tues.: 10:00 – 7:00

North Liberty Community Center
300 South Main Street, North Liberty, IN 46554
For appt., call Lafayette Av. Clinic: (574) 647-2101
3rd Wed.: 8:00-12:15 & 1:15-5:00

For more information call 574-647-2100 (South Bend) / 574-647-2175 (Mishawaka).

Call 211 for Short-Term Help

For help with urgent or immediate needs, call 211.
“2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers across Indiana find the local resources they need. Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a navigator. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

If you are having trouble paying bills or utilities, buying groceries, finding childcare, dealing with addiction, call 2-1-1 to inquire about short-term help.

Heating and Cooling Assistance, St. Vincent de Paul Society

As of April 29, 2021: St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County is taking applications for Team Cooling. If you have made a payment on your utility bill (even a partial payment), you may qualify for up to $75 in matching funds. Apply online today here.

Financial Assistance Programs, St. Vincent de Paul Society

520 Crescent Avenue ~ South Bend, IN 46617 ~ (574) 234-6000

St. Joseph County Emergency Rental Assistance Program Portal

“St. Joseph County’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) is designed to decrease evictions, increase housing stability, and prevent homelessness by helping tenants whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 with rent and utility payments.”

Application Deadline for St. Joseph County ERA Program: Friday, January 14th, 2022.

St. Joseph County and St. Joseph County partner organizations will continue to process emergency rental assistance applications received by January 14, 2022. In addition, St. Joseph County will continue to process re-application/re-certifications for those who have already received St. Joseph County ERA funding.
Renters in need of assistance after January 14th, 2022, may be eligible to use the State of Indiana’s emergency rental assistance program. For more information about Indiana’s program, renters are encouraged to visit IndianaHousingNow.org

South Bend Tenant Resources

“South Bend Tenant Association is a grassroots movement fighting for tenant’s rights. This fight occurs on both the private and public plane. We commit ourselves to providing temporary assistance to tenants, increasing tenant education, and lobbying local legislatures.”

City of South Bend

View local programs and support throughout the city here.

St. Joseph County Township Trustees

Township Trustees can offer cash assistance for food, utilities, etc. If you’re unsure which St. Joseph County Township you reside in, you can enter your address here: Census Reporter or call SJCPL at 574-282-4646.

  • Portage Township: 133 N William St, South Bend, IN 46601, (574) 233-2127
  • Centre Township: 19971 Kern Rd, South Bend, IN 46614, (574) 291-7766
  • Clay Township: 18355 Auten Rd, South Bend, IN 46637, (574) 277-4452
  • German Township: 51755 Portage Rd, South Bend, IN 46628, (574) 272-9020
  • Harris Township: 13981 IN-23, Granger, IN 46530, (574) 272-2371
  • Liberty Township: 300 S Main St, North Liberty, IN 46554, (574) 656-4587
  • Madison Township: 15267 Madison Rd., Mishawaka, IN. 46544, (574) 850-0302
  • Olive Township: 102 S Arch St, New Carlisle, IN 46552, (574) 654-3231
  • Penn Township: 210 E Russ St, Mishawaka, IN 46545, (574) 256-6213
  • Union Township: 507 S Michigan St, Lakeville, IN 46536, (574) 784-3110
  • Warren Township: 59330 Crumstown Hwy, North Liberty, IN 46554, (574) 288-8702

Transportation Assistance

The On the Road Lending program helps people get affordable loans for cars. The program has now expanded to Indiana and was publicized Fall 2021 in the South Bend Tribune.

Updated 4.19.2022

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