Social Services

SAFS provides the following services for families in the Sylvania School District; which does include parts of 43615, 43617, and 43623:

  • Utility and Rental Assistance Referrals
  • Harvest Program: Weekly shopping in Choice Food Pantry¬†**You must bring a valid I.D.**
  • Holiday Baskets Program ¬†(Thanksgiving Meal & Christmas Adopt a Family)
  • Backpack School Supply Program (Back to School BBQ)
  • F.U.N. (Families United in Nutrition)¬†Program
  • F.I.N.E. (Fitness/Friendship, Independence, Nutrition, Exercise/Education) Folks Program – specifically for Senior Citizens
  • Shop with a Local Hero
  • Senior Citizens Government Commodities

Emergency Food for Lucas County residents-once a month; Monday-Thursday between 10am – 2pm

No Exceptions!

***Current Print out from Jobs & Family Services will suffice for POI, and Birth Certificates for children as long as everyone is listed on the print out. You may also ask them for POA print out.


We dispense commodities to eligible clients; 60 years or older - the first Monday of every month.

Government Commodities Distribution Site

SAFS served 1200 individuals (2016)
Programs are offered on a very limited basis. Clients must present either a shut-off or eviction notice and have a means of paying future charges.

Utility and Rental Assistance

SAFS served 110 individuals (2016)
A weekly food supplemental distribution program designed to supply extra products to families.

Harvest Program

SAFS served 9800 individuals (2016)
Applicants must pre-register for baskets. Thanksgiving baskets contain all of the items to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Christmas baskets contain meals for the holiday and appropriate gifts for children.

Holiday Baskets

Sept. 22 Holiday Basket Apps Begin
SAFS served 1500 individuals (2016)
Staff work closely with other agencies to provide services not offered by SAFS. Families will be referred to other agencies based on need.

Information and Referral Services

SAFS served 260 individuals (2016)
Each year SAFS provides students in the Sylvania schools with NEW backpacks filled with the tools they need to start the school year.

Backpack School Supply Program

SAFS served 300 kids (2017)
The Sylvania Police along with Sylvania Fire & Rescue donate their time every Christmas season to make the lives of the Sylvania children in need a little brighter.

Shop with a Local Hero

Meijers & Walmart donate gift certificates for the children to purchase gifts for themselves or their family. They are escorted by a local hero during their shopping trip. Giving the kids a mentor in the local community to look up to.