A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

After two months of freebies, Lexington Parking Authority reinstates fees for street meters May 18

The Lexington Parking Authority announced Tuesday that after more than two months of free parking at the LEXPARK on-street meters, fees will begin again on Monday, May 18. Beginning on May 18 and running through Friday, May 29 (the last two weeks of May) all meter revenues collected will be donated to both God’s Pantry and the Bluegrass Community Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund. This includes...

United Way joins forces with Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lexington for COVID-19 Response Fund

Kentuckians are strong, resilient and ready to do what is needed to help create and maintain a safe and healthy community. But the fact is, many friends and family members will experience hardships as a result of the shut-downs and closures during the COVID-19 response. Even though we are living apart, we can unite to help make a difference. To help serve more individuals and families across the Bluegrass...

Milk 2 My Plate grant makes more dairy products available to Kentucky families

Thousands of Kentuckians who struggle to buy nutritious foods for their families now have greater access to fresh Kentucky-produced milk, thanks to a $30,000 grant from The Dairy Alliance to God’s Pantry Food Bank, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced This week. God’s Pantry used the grant to acquire seven milk coolers for its Winchester and Lexington-Fayette County food pantries. The...

Lexington Parking Authority’s “Food for Fines” holiday food drive yield tons of success

The Lexington Parking Authority announced today that 8,431 pounds (or 4.2 tons) of food was donated during their 2017 Food for Fines campaign. That equals over 7,600 food items, which “paid” for $11,400 in citations. All donations received by LexPark were given to God’s Pantry Food Bank. “Fighting hunger is a community effort and partnering with organizations like LEXPARK helps the Food...

Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl challenges local governments to donate food, funds for the hungry

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO Michael Halligan and the state’s regional Area Development Districts will launch the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl at God’s Pantry Food Bank, Monday Sept. 25. This statewide competition challenges Kentucky’s local and county government offices to donate food and funds to aid Kentucky families suffering from hunger. “One...

Active lifestyle CoreLife Eatery expands to Lexington; try food during pre-opening benefitting God’s Pantry

CoreLife Eatery, an active lifestyle restaurant offering a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes, is expanding to Lexington at 4040 Finn Way, Suite 110 on Friday, August 11. CoreLife Eatery brings together scratch cooking with flavorful source ingredients and a fast, casual service line for a healthy and affordable eating alternative. As part of its ongoing commitment to wellness and the...

Local hunger relief organizations receive donations of new vans from area businesses

GleanKY and God’s Pantry Food Bank will take possession of three refurbished cargo vans to help in their work to provide nutritious food to hungry Kentuckians Monday. These vans are being provided to the two Kentucky-based hunger relief organizations free of charge. Jim Bryant of FleetDoc coordinated the donation of the vans from Stanley Steemer after the floor care company recently updated their...

God’s Pantry Food Bank’s annual Taste of the Bluegrass event tickets on sale now

Tickets for God’s Pantry Food Bank’s annual event, the Taste of the Bluegrass, are currently on sale. The 2017 Taste of the Bluegrass showcases the very best food and drinks Central Kentucky has to offer. More than 60 great food and beverage purveyors; plus, live music, and a silent auction all in one place. On Friday, May 19, hundreds will gather for the premier tasting event of the Bluegrass...

City Barbeque raising money for local food banks through Pass the Pigs competition on Jan. 29

On Sunday, Jan. 29, City Barbeque will host its first-ever charitable Pass the Pigs competition with contributions from playing a modified version of the classic game— where throwing two small plastic pigs results in a score—will directly benefit local food banks in the area. City Barbeque has been committed to supporting local food banks for years and works closely with the food distribution...

God’s Pantry receives donation of 3,232 pounds of food from Agriculture Department food drive

Kentucky Department of Agriculture employees and two matching businesses collected a total of 3,232 pounds of food during a December food drive to benefit God’s Pantry. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, right, and John Cook, executive director of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office for Consumer and Environmental Protection, delivered donated foods to God’s Pantry of Lexington...

Lexington elementary, middle, high school students collect 51,000 pounds of food for drive

Thousands of elementary , middle and high school students both in private and public schools in Lexington came through with a much needed donation of more than 51,000 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Kids Can Hunger 2016 Food Drive. The donation has an estimated retail value of $72,130 Schools were competing for a first place $500 cash prize in three separate divisions based on total...

Run, walk or stroll: Annual Southern Lights Stroll sets the holiday season in motion at the Horse Park

The 15th annual Southern Lights Stroll will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, as the kick-off event for the annual Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc. As the only evening of Southern Lights when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands...

God’s Pantry to distribute Thanksgiving boxes Saturday as part of 13th annual Basket Brigade

More than 400 paid participants will be present at God’s Pantry Food Bank’s Lexington warehouse Saturday to distribute 4,500 Thanksgiving boxes during the 13th annual Basket Brigade, presented by PNC Bank. These Thanksgiving boxes will be distributed to Fayette County families in need of a nutritious holiday meal during Thanksgiving week. Every year through this event, the Food Bank assembles...

Homework Help: Lexington Public Library’s Northside branch offering after-school snacks, assistance

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Youngsters of all ages can now drop by the Northside branch of the Lexington Public Library for an after-school snack and homework assistance, thanks to program expansions and additional community support. “I feel like it’s been a successful launch. We’ve been helping 10 to 15 kids a day. A lot of those are repeats. Once a kid figures out they can get help,...

God’s Pantry Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program

God’s Pantry Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program again this year. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times...

LEXPARK sponsoring ‘Food for Fines’ canned food drive Nov. 16-Dec. 18; donations go to God’s Pantry

Lexington Parking Authority’s LEXPARK program will once again run the “Food for Fines” canned food drive from Nov. 16 through Dec. 18. Customers who bring in 10 cans of food will receive $15 off any parking citation issued by LEXPARK or the Lexington Police Department. Customers with multiple citations may bring in 10 cans per citation to receive the discount, and past due citations are...

Gray asks council to use Lexington’s budget surplus to increase the ‘investment in our youth’

With the Urban County Council set to begin its deliberations Thursday on how to spend a surplus from the budget year that ended June 30, Mayor Jim Gray has proposed a variety of investments with emphasis on young people, according to a press release from his office. “Our public schools are facing some real challenges, including an achievement gap that is unacceptable to all of us,” Gray said. “We’ve...

Cats go back to the playground, give back as part of UK Athletics God's Pantry program

Jamal Murray, Tyler Ulis, Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress, EJ Floreal, Derek Willis, and Dominique Hawkins joined students at Picadome Elementary School in Lexington for a game of kickball. (Photos by Erin Grigson)   As part of the God’s Pantry program, members of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team fixed lunches for the students at Picadome Elementary… and then played...

Bryan Station food pantry part of school's ongoing efforts to remove barriers to learning

Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, right, joined Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm at the pantry’s official opening. Guinn noted how students need food for energy and clear thinking. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to Kyforward   Students at Bryan Station High School in Lexington have another source for food, thanks to God’s Pantry Food Bank, which is...

Bryan Station food pantry part of school’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers to learning

Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, right, joined Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm at the pantry’s official opening. Guinn noted how students need food for energy and clear thinking. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to Kyforward   Students at Bryan Station High School in Lexington have another source for food, thanks to God’s Pantry Food Bank, which is...