Coming in the summer of 2014 is the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden, New Jersey. Located in a community that has an 18 percent unemployment rate, this facility is designed to address educational, health, recreational, and religious needs.
(Left to right) Subaru of America, Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Thomas J. Doll; Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr.; Subaru of America Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Takeshi Tachimori; Subaru Community Services Manager Sandra Capell; and Salvation Army Majors Alma and Paul Cain.
The center will consist of a 120,000-square-foot building with a gym, pools, media center, senior center, health clinic, food pantry, and outdoor athletic fields – all located on 24 acres that previously were a landfill site.
Subaru of America continues its quest to end hunger in areas in which its employees live and work with funding to build the Subaru Choice Food Pantry as part of the center. This pantry model features a supermarket setting for client food selection. Included are refrigerators and freezers, which allow donations to be stored fresh or frozen.
The center also will provide opportunities for creating menus, budgets, and consultation with dieticians. “We will feed them better and educate them better through this process,” explained Major Paul Cain, Salvation Army administrator.
This type of pantry also invites interaction among the shoppers.
The current Salvation Army food pantry serves 1,000 people a year, and the new pantry is projected to serve six to nine times as many. “There are a lot of pantries that are working now, and we just want to come alongside them to be a part of the neighborhood,” stated Cain.
As a member of the South Jersey food network, the pantry will work closely with Subaru and the Food Bank of South Jersey. “We want to have this long-term relationship with the employees of Subaru that they will be able to come and serve as volunteers,” revealed Cain.
Learn more about the community center and follow the center's progress in the image gallery.