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Dare to Care Food Bank, CHFS celebrate first of monthly mobile food pantry visits in Louisville

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and Dare to Care Food Bank on Thursday celebrated the first of what will be monthly mobile food pantry visits to Louisville’s L&N Building. Dare to Care will set up its mobile pantry in the L&N parking lot from 10 a.m. until noon on the fourth Thursday of each month. Meat, dairy, vegetables, and fruit are among the items provided.

First Lady Glenna Bevin helped create the monthly partnership after serving clients at a similar food assistance effort at the building this past December. The First Lady said she was proud to be part of the team that inspired the regularly scheduled pantry.

“This collaboration helps so many families in Louisville,” she said. “Even with other resources helping, too many Kentucky families have unmet needs. This mobile pantry provides a variety of foods so families can prepare and enjoy nutritious meals together.”

L&N houses the Jefferson County CHFS Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) offices, where staff provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, public assistance, childcare assistance and food benefits.

“Each day our staff commits to connecting families with assistance and community resources, and we are grateful for the partnership we share with the Dare to Care Food Bank,” said DCBS Commissioner Eric Clark. “Having the mobile pantry at the L&N Building will help families receive a variety of healthy foods. This partnership further demonstrates how we can find new opportunities to serve within our communities.”

Brian Riendeau, Executive Director of Dare to Care, said his agency’s mobile pantry visits 33 Louisville-area locations every month.

“Collaborations like this help Dare to Care reach families where the needs are greatest,” continued Riendeau. “L&N is a great site since we can reach families while they’re making other appointments, and we have generous help from plenty of volunteers like the DCBS staff.”

More than 200 families visited the mobile pantry Thursday. To learn more about DCBS programs and assistance, go to the CHFS website at chfs.ky.gov and type “DCBS” in the “What can we help you find?” search bar.

From Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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  1. whittaker2006@aol.com says:

    Hello Mr. Eric Clark My name is Laurie Whittaker. I live on Catheen Way Lou., KY 40213. Our district is falling apart. All the restaurants are shutting down among many other businesses. Although I know this is not your area, I just want this to be known. Preston Highway looks horrible. I have lived here for 36 years and have watched it steadily decline. There are plenty of people in this area that need Dare to Care to come here on one of the Thursdays throughtout the month. Preston Hgwy, Edgewood neighborhood. I hope you will take this into consideration. I cannot accept e-mails so if you do respond I won’t see it. Only way I will be able to tell is if we get set up for one of these Thursdays or if maybe I recieve a letter regarding my concerns. Laurie Whittaker 6116 Catheen Way Lou 40213 Thank you.

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