The Upper Cumberland Community Foundation is honored to present a $5,000 check to the Laurel County African American Heritage Center.
The funding is part of a larger effort to address food security issues in the region. According to the most recent national data, more than 660,000 Kentuckians were considered food insecure in 2017, including an estimated 186,000 children. In the eastern part of the state, rural counties had food insecurity rates at 20% or higher. Funding made possible through the Educational Foundation of America and the Appalachian Impact Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky to help local organizations through the mountains work on solutions in their communities.
The Upper Cumberland Community Foundation is a leading and trusted community foundation; transforming Eastern Kentucky through charitable giving, community involvement, and strategic partnerships by investing assets in our communities. Upper Cumberland’s mission is to empower the people with a heart for Bell, Laurel, Knox and Whitley counties and to transform the quality of life for future generations. This organization is an affiliate of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky.
The purpose of this grant is to further support small farmers in Laurel and surrounding counties with technical assistance and hands-on training to use a commercial kitchen, as well as to purchase items for canning and food preservation classes for the public.
If you’d like to donate to the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky or its affiliate Upper Cumberland Community Foundation to help fund similar projects, please visit our community foundation page or mail a check to Upper Cumberland Community Foundation, PO Box 1381 London KY, 40743.