Ashland Community Kitchen

Contact Info

Office: 606.325.8144
Fax: 606.324.0865
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PO Box 1743
Ashland, KY 41105-1743

The mission of Ashland Community Kitchen is to provide any hungry person with a hot, nutritious meal, and to treat each person with dignity and respect. The kitchen, located inside of The Neighborhood, serves over 150 meals each day — and that number continues to grow.

Serving Hours

Monday-Friday, 8 to 9 a.m.

Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
(Friday dinner bags given at lunch time)


CAReS is a community-based nonprofit agency that identifies, coordinates and mobilizes resources for individuals and families in emergency/crisis situations.

CAReS provides direct services and referrals as needed. Additionally, CAReS prevents duplication of services by local social service organizations as well as area churches by acting as an informational clearinghouse for those organizations.

Core Services of CAReS
  • Provide assistance, as funding allows, with utilities, prescriptions, rent and other needs
  • Coordinate holiday assistance
  • Prevent duplication of service for agencies and churches
  • Provide referrals to other agencies (social services/health care)

Clean Start

Clean Start offers two private bathrooms where homeless individuals can shower with privacy and dignity. It provides towels and personal hygiene items, and clean clothing is available at The Dressing Room, the clothing closet across the hall in The Neighborhood.

Clean Start offers mail service for people who have no permanent address, as well as cleaning supplies and hygiene items to those who would not otherwise be able to afford them.

Clean Start is also a licensed beauty salon, with professional hairdressers who volunteer their time to provide free haircuts. The organization has partnered with Bellefonte Academy of Beauty.

Daily Operating Hours

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to noon

River Cities Harvest

River Cities Harvest secures and distributes more than 680,000 pounds of food each year to its 46 partner agencies feeding the hungry in Boyd, Greenup and Lawrence counties in Kentucky and Lawrence County in Ohio.

By accessing supplemental food from River Cities Harvest foodbank rather than purchasing from commercial outlets, each of these partner agencies has expanded resources to advance their own missions.

RCH has successful partnerships with retail grocers, restaurants, civic organizations, local farmers, private donors, food manufactures and processors that provide us with access to thousands of pounds of food annually. The organization is an affiliate of the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, WV, and Feeding America — the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity.

The Dressing Room

The Dressing Room is operated by Federated Charities, a local nonprofit organization founded by local people to help local people. It was found in 1920 by Ashland area citizens who wanted to help struggling families and children with clothing and food.

The Dressing Room offers free clothing to anyone in need. Customers can visit the facility once a week and get clothing for individuals living in their household. Some items such as underwear and socks are limited due to supply. There are no residency or income restrictions.

The organization has continued to grow and has modified its programs to meet the changing needs of the Ashland area’s less fortunate families.

  • Open for donations 9 a.m to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Seasonal only
  • 3 garbage bags meximum per visit

The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood aim is to provide a safe, secure, clean, and convenient one-stop center for those in need of assistance in the northeaster Kentucky region. Part of the mission’s goal is to increase the employability and reduce the risk of homelessness for families in the region.

With multiple nonprofits located together in a common location, The Neighborhood can facilitate access to services and help meet the needs of families served. The Neighborhood routinely serves hundreds of people daily.

Services provided by agencies at The Neighborhood include:

  • Food distribution to area food pantries
  • Emergency food
  • Utility assistance
  • Help with birth certificates and ID cards
  • Health care referrals
  • Prescription medication assistance
  • Case/care management
  • Household goods
  • Free clothing and miscellaneous items
  • Hot, nutritious meals 5 days a week
  • Showers, hair cuts and mailboxes
  • Retiree/mature adult services
  • Workforce development, financial literacy classes, and soft skill training

55+ Mature Worker Program (Community Action)

Contact Info

Office: 304.525.5151

The mature Worker Program works with community agencies to help income-qualified participants 55 and over to find jobs, increase skills and supplement their incomes.