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Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center receives gift from Sedwick

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center receives gift from Sedwick Charitable Foundation

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Ashland is honored to announce that the Sedwick Charitable Foundation has awarded them a grant in the amount of $40,000 to support the Hunger Assistance Program.

“We are so grateful for the local, ongoing support of Armstrong and now the generosity of their parent company through the Sedwick Charitable Foundation,” says Dan Lawson, PhD, Director of Community Relations and Development for the Ashland Kroc Center. “With rising food costs and the growing demand for our Hunger Assistance Program, the timing couldn’t be better.”

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center helps Ashland County residents who are faced with food insecurity through the following services:

  • Food pantry groceries

  • Community lunch served daily, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday

  • In conjunction with the USDA, the Ashland Kroc Center’s Summer Food Service Program helps children who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year by providing free, healthy meals each weekday from June 12 to August 11 for children under the age of 18.

“In 2022, the Ashland Kroc Center provided 28,080 participants with groceries and meals to prevent food insecurity, and the Food Pantry helped distribute more than 412,000 pounds of food, explains Dr. Lawson. “This gift from the Sedwick Charitable Foundation will help us continue these vital services through our Hunger Assistance Program and keep up with the increased demand.”

The Food Pantry is located in the Annex building of The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 527 East Liberty Street, Ashland. It is open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you or someone you know needs food assistance, please call the Food Pantry at (419) 282-4223.

For more information, please follow Ashland Kroc Center on Facebook or @AshlandKroc on Instagram.

Photo Caption: Mitch Piskur and Sandy Burkholder, from Armstrong, presents a check from the Sedwick Charitable Foundation to Major Annalise Francis, Administrator/Corps Officer, and Dan Lawson, Director of Community Relations & Development, for the Ashland Kroc Center’s Hunger Assistance Program.


About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit and


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