The Perry County Community Foundation is honored to present a check in the amount of $17,300.00 to Northfork Local Foods.
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 Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky is a community foundation serving the coalfields of eastern Kentucky by connecting people in local communities with tools and resources to address issues that matter to them. The Foundation provides philanthropists and charitably minded people from near and far the opportunity to responsibly contribute to the causes they care most about.
The purpose of this grant is to support the Kentucky River Collaborative Food Pilot Project, whose primary goal is to increase local fruit and vegetable consumption by households who are low-income and develop new markets for locally raised produce. Northfork Local Foods will be partnering with several local farmers, the Hindman Settlement School, Hindman IGA, as well as the Knott County and Perry County Farmers Markets for this project.
If you’d like to make a donation to the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky or its affiliate Perry County Community Foundation to help fund similar projects, please visit our community foundation page or mail a check to Perry County Community Foundation, 420 Main St. Hazard, KY 41701.