We are fortunate to serve as community partners with The Learning Center (TLC), an alternative high school in Lexington, where we recently got to listen to student presentations (via Zoom) proposing solutions to food insecurity in Lexington. It’s wonderful to see the school tackle such an important issue across disciplines, and to hear the students’ creative solutions, ranging from rooftop gardens to food education classes. We look forward to seeing the students’ good work benefit the community as their projects unfold.
Speaking of food insecurity, did you know that 14.9% of all Kentuckians lack consistent access to enough “nutritionally adequate” food? Feeding America has a fascinating interactive map where you can explore food access statistics by county, and some of the numbers are pretty shocking. Especially as we all give thanks for what we have, I encourage you to support local organizations working to end hunger if you can.
At Dandelion Ridge Farm, we work closely with Glean Kentucky, a Lexington based non-profit that fosters a powerful network to tackle both hunger and food waste in the state. They glean excess fruits and vegetables from farms, grocery stores, and farmers’ markets and redistribute this produce to more than 100 local feeding programs. The Access Men’s Shelter and Soup Kitchen in Frankfort works hard to keep many people well fed, especially during the pandemic. They just suffered the traumatic loss of their incredible kitchen manager, and I’m sure could use any love sent their way. The Frankfort Emergency Food Pantry is another excellent organization feeding those in need in our community. They have a virtual food drive underway right now, if you want to pitch in!
Can you believe it’s August already? We’re still swimming in tomatoes at Dandelion Ridge Farm, and have been struggling to keep up with harvesting and processing them all, so we called in GleanKY for help. GleanKY is a non-profit based in Lexington, KY that tackles hunger and food waste by gleaning excess fruit and vegetables from farms, grocery stores, and farmers’ markets and redistributing this produce to more than 100 local feeding programs. In addition to their grocery store and farmers’ market gleanings, they send volunteer crews to harvest produce from local farms and deliver it to soup kitchens, food banks, and other organizations to help the hungry. We’re enthusiastic supporters of the important work they do! A couple of folks from Glean came out to the farm one morning this week and harvested about 350 pounds of tomatoes and delivered them to recipients in need. It felt good to know that those beautiful tomatoes are going to make a lot of people happy! If you want to know more about GleanKY, including volunteer and donation opportunities, go to gleanky.org.