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The Salvation Army of Summit County Looks to Replenish Communities with Hot Meals

TheSalvation Army in Summit County is expanding the Community Tables program for areas geographically isolated from fresh food.

Most recently, the Salvation Army partnered with the City of Akron in January to bring hot meals to the Summit Lake Community Center.   

The director of the Salvation Army, Marian Calvin, says the program looks for areas identified as food deserts, which lack grocery stores within a 4-mile radius.

Calvin says the program has fed at least 50 to 60 people a day since it started at Summit Lake.

It’s a great way of reaching out the community with a smile, a handshake and a hot meal, and asking if there is anything else that we can do to help them out with our many services that we provide.

Calvin says the Community Tables program has been in Akron for at least a decade. 

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Lydia Taylor is a news intern for WKSU. She is a junior multimedia journalism major at Kent State University with experience in print and visual journalism. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism. During the school year, Taylor works for Kent State Student Media in The Kent Stater and KentWired. She is currently an assigning editor and a reporter in the Kent State University Student Media Newsroom for the spring semester.