New partnership, Nourish Lexington, aims to put unemployed food service professionals to work

Posted at 7:20 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 13:27:53-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As the response to coronavirus in Kentucky leaves so many out of work and in need of food donations, a new partnership aims to put people to work and put food on tables.

Nourish Lexington is a partnership between Lexington nonprofit FoodChain, Keeneland, VisitLex and the E.E. Murry Family Foundation. FoodChain plans to ramp up its abilities to bring in out of work people in the food service industry to cook meals for community members in need, according to FoodChain Director Becca Self.

"We're trying to collectively create an effort to help particularly folks who either lost their jobs or have been furloughed within the food sector who have a lot of expertise and can help to make meals," Self said.

The collaboration was created in just ten days, she said, to help a community she knows is struggling.

"It has been tumultuous," she said, "I think the whole community is certainly trying to find a new normal and what is up and what is down."

Self hopes to have a schedule of shifts by next Wednesday to offer payment to food professionals to help prepare meals. The hope is to expand the program based on community support, she said.

Nourish Lexington has sign-ups for people looking to receive meals, prepare meals, donate money, donate product and provide a kitchen on its website.