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Nourish Lexington to open new food distribution site

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Posted at 1:26 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 13:27:59-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Nourish Lexington has widened their food distribution, stating that Wednesday through Friday of this week and of weeks to come they will be using parking lot of the Red Mile to carry out their mission.

Every weekday at 5:30 p.m., food will be distributed. This week, locations are as follows:

  • 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,” COO/CFO at Red Mile Gaming & Racing Shannon Cobb stated. “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.”

Just last week, the organization gave out over 6,930 meals, which included 2,500 school lunches. Over 4,400 meals were distributed by FoodChain as well as University of Kentucky Dining, Aramark, Keeneland, Athenian Grill, Fasig-Tipton, Minton’s, J. Render’s and Bayou Bluegrass Catering. 2,500 shcool lunches were made and given out at ten different locations by Dupree Catering, Great Bagel, Sunrise Bakery, Doodles and Fasig-Tipton through FoodChain.

“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,” VisitLEX Director of Communications Niki Goldey remarked. “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.”

Meal shift workers received their first paycheck on April 22nd after two weeks. Checks that were signed with $4,560 were given to Twenty-one underemployed local food professionals. Seven other professionals had volunteered to work shifts. Overall, meals were prepared over the time span of 320 hours in two weeks from April 8 through Apirl 22. It took more than 80 shifts to work.

Nourish Lexington is made possible by the generosity of community partners as well as the public. If you would like more information about the organization, or if you would like to help feed those in need, visit nourishlexington.org or givingfuel.com.

If you would like to apply for a shift, receive a meal or donate product or kitchen space, visit nourishlexington.org.