More than 6,930 meals, including 2,500 school lunches, distributed last week

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Nourish Lexington today announced a new site for food distribution – The Red Mile’s parking lot – for Wednesday through Friday this week and in upcoming weeks.  

Food distribution will be held at 5:30 p.m. each weekday. Locations this week are:

  • Monday: FoodChain (501 W. Sixth St.) and Athenian Grill (313 S. Ashland Ave.)
  • Tuesday: FoodChain (501 W. Sixth St.) and Athenian Grill (313 S. Ashland Ave.)
  • Wednesday: FoodChain (501 W. Sixth St.) and The Red Mile (1200 Red Mile Road)
  • Thursday: FoodChain (501 W. Sixth St.) and The Red Mile (1200 Red Mile Road)
  • Friday: FoodChain (501 W. Sixth St.) and The Red Mile (1200 Red Mile Road)


"Red Mile is very proud to partner with Nourish Lexington to support our community during this challenging time,” said Shannon Cobb, COO/CFO at Red Mile Gaming & Racing. “We wanted to find a way to support our neighbors. To give someone a hot meal is a small but critical way to lift up those around us. It is our privilege to work with Nourish Lexington on this effort.”

Nourish Lexington distributed more than 6,930 meals – including 2,500 school lunches – last week. FoodChain along with University of Kentucky Dining, Aramark, Keeneland, Athenian Grill, Fasig-Tipton, Minton’s, J. Render’s and Bayou Bluegrass Catering cranked out more than 4,400 meals. Dupree Catering, Great Bagel, Sunrise Bakery, Doodles and Fasig-Tipton coordinated with FoodChain to create and distribute 2,500 school lunches at ten different locations.

“We are reminded daily of the strong spirit of hospitality in Lexington and are grateful for all the amazing partners who have stepped up to create nourishing meals and provide distribution avenues,” said Niki Goldey, VisitLEX Director of Communications. “In addition to offering up their location as a distribution point, Whitaker Bank Ballpark has also donated funds to Nourish Lexington from a virtual run/walk they held this past Friday/Saturday.”

April 22 marked the first payments for meal shift workers over the last two weeks. There were 21 underemployed local food professionals who received checks totaling $4,560. (There also were also shifts worked by seven other professionals who volunteered.) In all, more than 80 shifts were worked for about 320 hours of preparing meals in a two-week time period of April 8 through April 22.

Nourish Lexington is fueled by the generous donations from community partners and members of the public. To learn more about this effort and help feed members of our community who need it most, visit or

To apply to work a shift at the Nourish Kitchen, receive a meal or learn more about donating product or kitchen space to Nourish Lexington, visit

About Nourish Lexington: 
Nourish Lexington is an initiative to utilize the skills and talents of hospitality workers recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 closings to provide prepared meals to those who need immediate access to food. In exchange for preparing and delivering meals, food service workers will receive a $60 payment for a four-hour shift. Meals will be distributed to hospitality industry families, other families in need, seniors in affordable housing apartment complexes and children and their families through family resource coordinators. To learn more, visit