The Kroc Center in Omaha, Nebraska opened in January of 2010 . The Kroc Center offers a wide variety of classes, activities and fun for individuals and families. To find out about membership opportunities, please visit www.omahakroc.org
In January 2004, it was announced that Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, bequeathed The Salvation Army with the largest individual philanthropic gift to a single organization in excess of $1.5 billion.
The funds are to be used to construct and develop world-class recreational, educational and ministry centers. Throughout the 11 central midwestern states, development for 6 Kroc centers is currently underway. View more information about these Kroc centers at: http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/kroc
KROC CENTER FOOD PANTRY OPEN
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center now offers a food pantry for residents in the South Omaha area. The MUD Heat Aid Program for utility assistance will also be available at the Kroc Center. Last year, The Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center Food Pantry, on 36th & Cuming Streets, filled 29,000 food pantry orders for individuals in need.
"The need for these services is becoming more apparent in the South Omaha community," according to Dennis Snook, Director of Material Assistance & Seasonal Services. Between 700 and 800 families living in South Omaha are currently accessing services at The Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center. The Kroc Center Pantry location is now closer and more accessible. "Over 900 families were helped through the 2010 Back-to-School program at the Kroc Center," said Snook. There is a great need in this area, food pantry activity will take off immediately, and depending on the demand, we may add other services or expand food pantry hours to five days a week," Snook concluded.
Donations of food collected at the Red Kettle Run/Walk on Saturday, October 30 will be donated to the new Kroc Center Food Pantry and the Cuming Street pantry. This event is a 5-K run/walk and is the first Red Kettle event of the Season. Participants are asked to donate $10 or 10 non-perishable food items to support the Food Pantries.
The Kroc Center Food Pantry, 2825 Y Street, will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. The Cuming Street Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday & Fridays, 9:00 - 11:00 am and 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.