Kroc Center

ASHLAND– The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Ashland will once again serve as a Summer Food Service Program site in 2020 in conjunction with the USDA for the 11th consecutive year.

Many children who receive free or reduced-priced lunch in school struggle with food insecurity as their families face the need for more food during the summer, a Thursday press release said. 

“The Kroc Center has always been at the forefront of feeding Ashland County, particularly children, but this summer with the COVID-19 impact on the local economy and job market, we have seen an increase in need, and expect that to continue this summer” – Brandon Wells, Director of Development.

You can come to the Kroc for a free, healthy meal on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from June 8 to August 14. Carryout meals will be served from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All children under the age of 18 are eligible for free meals. Snacks will be distributed as well during this period, with adult meals also available without any registration required.

Each week brings different themes and prizes for kids to win throughout the summer in conjunction with the meals. Week one kicks off with a nature activity and kit as well as an appearance by RJ the Kroc mascot!

Additionally, The Salvation Army Kroc Center reminds the community that its outdoor spray park will be closed this summer during construction for the expansion project, which is expected to take 12 to 14 months to complete.

During the summer months, many in Ashland turn to The Salvation Army for assistance. In fact, summer is The Salvation Army’s second busiest season of the year, after the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas. In addition to the SFSP, the Kroc Center will continue to provide community meals in carryout style at the front loop from 11 to 11:30 am, as well as operating our food pantry each weekday.

Check out @AshlandKroc on Instagram and visit the Kroc Center's Facebook page for additional info.

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