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Kentucky Nonprofit Network elects Marian Guinn, Dr. OJ Oleka as newest members for board of directors

Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the state association of nonprofit organizations, has elected two new members to its board of directors: Marian Guinn, President of MG Coaching & Consulting; and Dr. OJ Oleka, President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). Marian Guinn Guinn, a resident of Lexington, is a leadership coach, trainer and strategy consultant....

Kentucky’s nonprofits have major impact on state’s economy, creating $27.3 billion annually

Kentucky’s nonprofit sector not only works to improve lives and build stronger communities but is also a powerful economic engine, according to a new report released by Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the state’s association of nonprofits. “Kentucky Nonprofits: More than Charity” found that one in 11 (9.1 percent) Kentuckians was employed at a nonprofit organization in 2015,...

God’s Pantry Food Bank announces selection of Halligan as new chief executive officer

Michael J. Halligan was named the new Chief Executive Officer of God’s Pantry Food Bank by the organization’s Board of Directors Chair, Grant Gabbard in a media conference Tuesday. The search committee of the 61-year-old regional hunger relief organization recently concluded an exhaustive, national search to fill the vacancy left by former CEO Marian F. Guinn. Guinn recently launched her own coaching...

Quarles leads Lexington region meeting of the Kentucky Hunger Task Force

The Kentucky Hunger Task Force met with advocates for the hungry at God’s Pantry Food Bank to learn what is being done at the local level to combat food insecurity in the Lexington area in the third of 10 regional meetings last week. “These regional meetings will give the task force a clearer picture of the need as well as actions being taken locally to meet the need,” Agriculture Commissioner...

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...

Think you eat like an elephant? Find out and also help stamp out hunger while you're at it

Local God’s Pantry Food Bank is teaming up with circus elephants to bring a greater awareness of world hunger.   God’s Pantry and Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circuses are hosting Eat Like An Elephant Brunch on Friday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. in the back lot of Rupp Arena in Lexington to begin Hunger Awareness Month. A special Built To Amaze show in which circus machinery is unloaded...

Lexington’s ‘Kids Eat Here’ initiative aimed
at ensuring no kid goes hungry this summer

  Lexington is working to make sure that all kids have enough to eat this summer. Today, Mayor Jim Gray announced the launch of Kids Eat Here, a new local initiative building on the federal Summer Food Service Program.   Partners in the Kids Eat Here program include Fayette County Public Schools, God’s Pantry Food Bank, Employment Solutions, Inc./Fresh Approach, and the city.   “This...

Lexington's 'Kids Eat Here' initiative aimed at ensuring no kid goes hungry this summer

  Lexington is working to make sure that all kids have enough to eat this summer. Today, Mayor Jim Gray announced the launch of Kids Eat Here, a new local initiative building on the federal Summer Food Service Program.   Partners in the Kids Eat Here program include Fayette County Public Schools, God’s Pantry Food Bank, Employment Solutions, Inc./Fresh Approach, and the city.   “This...

Green BEAN Delivery in Lexington donates over 1 ton of fresh produce to God's Pantry

By Megan Smiddie KyForward intern   Green BEAN Delivery, the Indianapolis-based company that recently expanded to the greater Lexington area, has donated more than one ton of fresh produce to God’s Pantry Food Bank.   The online home delivery service, which provides organic produce and natural groceries to its members, started in Indianapolis and then expanded to Fort Wayne, Ind.; Cincinnati,...