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Blue Grass Community Foundation initiative
surveying ‘food needs’in Lex’s East End

Food Works East End, an initiative of Blue Grass Community Foundation, is gathering information to learn what people in the neighborhood want to know about food. The goal of Food Works East End is for residents to help each other eat better by sharing and improving information about food. Project coordinator, Jodie Koch, is surveying people attending events at the William Wells Brown Community Center and other locations. When the survey process is complete, program managers will create a Food Information Center website and offer demonstrations, classes and other events.


“Until we compile all the information, we won’t know for sure what we’ll be offering,” Koch said. “The main thing we’re doing right now is learning what the neighborhood’s needs are when it comes to shopping, cooking and other food-related topics.”


Traditionally, those in urban areas like the East End do not have access to an abundance of fresh, local food mainly because large grocery stores that offer those products don’t locate there and gardening space is limited. The project is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Several community organizations already have stepped up to be project partners.


The partners are:


Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Kid’s Café
Lexington-Fayette County Health Department
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Seedleaf, Inc.
Transylvania Nutrition and Fitness Coalition
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service


For more information on the project, visit www.foodworkslex.com.

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