LEXINGTON, Ky. – Nourish Lexington distributed more than 6,300 meals – including 2,300 school lunches – in its first full week of distribution.

“It is amazing, but not surprising, to see the outpouring of generosity and the enthusiasm to be a part of this important effort,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX, which is a partner in Nourish Lexington. “On many days, our meals are distributed within 40 minutes, which demonstrates the previously unmet need. We are thankful to the Lexington businesses, nonprofits and citizens who are not only making this effort possible but helping it grow every day.”

Nourish Lexington is an initiative to utilize 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 receive a $60 payment for a four-hour shift. Meals are being distributed to hospitality industry families, other families in need, seniors in affordable housing apartment complexes, and children and their families through family resource coordinators.

FoodChain has hired 20 hospitality meal preparation shift workers for the effort, which is being piloted at its kitchen facility at the corner of Jefferson and West 6th streets in downtown Lexington.

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

  • Monday and Tuesday: FoodChain and Athenian Grill (Ashland Avenue location in collaboration with Aramark/UK Dining/)
  • Wednesday: FoodChain, Whitaker Bank Ballpark
  • Thursday: FoodChain, Whitaker Bank Ballpark
  • Friday: FoodChain, Whitaker Bank Ballpark

In total, Nourish Lexington has two new major financial contributors and more than a dozen in-kind or product donations:

New donors this week of $10,000 or more:

  • Marksbury Family Foundation
  • Blue Grass Community Foundation

Founding partners:

  • FoodChain
  • E.E. Murry Family Foundation
  • Keeneland
  • VisitLEX

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 www.nourishlexington.org or https://bgcf.givingfuel.com/nourishfund.

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 www.nourishlexington.org.

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 www.nourishlexington.org

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