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Spark Community Cafe reopens, continues to combat food insecurity

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-27 18:17:53-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Spark Community Cafe in Woodford County is back open after being closed for about three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two of the restaurant's founders tell LEX18 business was going well and they were about to celebrate their one-year anniversary when the pandemic hit.

"It seemed like everything in a day changed," co-executive director, Tristan Ferrell, said. "Literally in a day's time, the entire dynamic of this place was different."

During its closure, Spark continued to feed those in the community who are food insecure. Co-executive director, Kyle Fannin said they delivered 200-300 meals every week with the help of local agencies.

"It's why we're here," Fannin said. "That is the mission."

Now that the restaurant has reopened, it's trying to get back to where it was pre-pandemic.

The ultimate goal is to have the business side of the restaurant sustain the mission to feed the food insecure. To get to that point, Fannin and Ferrell said they hope the community continues to donate.

They also said they believe catering gigs and upcoming socially distanced events will also help them rebound and achieve their goal.

If you would like to donate to Spark Community Cafe, click here.