Project: Art Therapy

Thank you for your support as it has enabled us to serve those in need of wellness and healing who would otherwise not be able to access or afford art therapy!

Laura

Associate Director, Art Center of the Bluegrass, Inc.

Checking in with the Kentucky Nonprofits we support

God's Pantry Food Bank, Inc.

Based on support from community partners like the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation, we were able to successfully plan for and open a fifth pantry to expand the reach of our Fayette County Pantry Program. The Fayette County Pantry Program supports the over 33,000 food insecure neighbors in the Lexington area by providing access to food and grocery products at no cost. It also fills a gap in our programming by adding a pantry location in an under-resourced zip code to provide a higher level of support than previously received.

Specifically, KSWF funding enabled us to provide over 66,000 pounds of fresh produce, canned goods, frozen meats, and a variety of other nourishing foods during the first two months of operation (January-February 2024). That’s the equivalent of over 55,000 meals for neighbors in the Lexington area since the pantry has been open.

Another highlight of this project is that our 817 Winchester Road pantry location also houses our Volunteer Center and our SNAP Application Assistance Team. Our SNAP Team spends some of their time completing in-person outreach for those visiting the pantry. An average SNAP application provides $245.73 of groceries per month in Kentucky.

In the first week of service, a neighbor saw our SNAP flyer at 817 Winchester Road, which clearly displays income guidelines for the program. She had previously not realized she qualified to receive SNAP benefits, but after seeing the flyer and talking to our team, she was able to apply. By providing this service directly at our pantry program, we aim to connect neighbors to other helpful programs, providing food for today and resources for tomorrow.

We appreciate your long-term support of our work—thank you!