2021 Grant Recipients  

The following local organizations have been awarded grants to help support their food initiatives in 2021

The Freedom Center

The Freedom Center serves Substance use and Mental Health clients who are going through extremely hard times and are making difficult lifestyle changes, including healthy food choices. Meeting unexpected needs for clients in the recovery process. 

Fredericktown Peace Meals

PeaceMeals is a hot meal program where a free community meal is served every Wednesday night. They serve about 380 guests each week.

First Congregational
  United Church of Christ   

They provide Hot Meals each Tuesday through First Congregational Church, sharing space with Saint Vincent Catholic Church. They serve 40-75 meals per week. 

Knox County Career 
Center Food Pantry

Emergency pantry for students with food insecurities.

InJoy Food Pantry

This pantry provides food blessing boxes to families once a month, and also for emergencies as needed.

Backpacks of Hope

Backpacks of Hope provides healthy weekend meals to the Mt. Vernon City Elementary Schools of Columbia, Dan Emmett, East, Pleasant St., Twin Oaks, Wiggin Street, as well to the Knox County Career Center, the Career Center Pre-School, and the Learning Center. Students are identified by teachers/guidance counselors/staff of the schools.

New Directions

The agency provides services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. They often serve clients that need access to food immediately or who are in need of services outside of normal business hours. 

Lazarus Life Ministries

The project is providing faith-based residential housing for men coming out of addiction. Their mission is help men (long-term) in their recovery journey. Part of this project includes feeding the men in the program and providing groceries each month. 

Northbend Church of the Brethern

They assist families struggling with food insecurity with food bags and snacks in northern Knox County. The outreach is NEW to the FFTH family. 

Father’s Table Pantry & Hot Meal

They serve a hot meal every Wednesday evening to an average of 75 people (and the number continues to grow.) They also host a food pantry to provide food for families in our community each month. 

Central Christian Food Pantry

They provide a food pantry once a month.  They service over 700 individuals on a monthly basis. 

Covenant church

Food pantry in Mount Vernon providing pantry services to those in need with enough food for 2 weeks each month 

Touchpointe Marriage & Family Resources

TouchPointe holds classes and offers healthy snacks and meals.

ACTS Food Pantry

Their goal is to be able to provide good healthy food choices such as more fresh fruit and vegetables to our clients.

Byron Saunders Foundation

They provide Thanksgiving meal boxes. Boxes include the food items for a meal as well as a gift certificate for a meat item to a local grocery. Serving approx. 350-400 families per year. 

Knox Learning Center

They provide additional nutrition and supplementation to an underserved population of food insecure students, as well as teaching cooking skills with a variety of small appliance to the high school students.

Church on The Rise Food Pantry

They serve food each month to the needy in our county.  They also are on the local 211 emergency food hotline and serve the needy throughout the month. 

Knox County Task Force for Older Adults

This project is a Senior Christmas Dinner Delivery. They will be giving Christmas dinners to folks over 60. They will mostly be shut-ins and they will deliver 130 meals to those in need. 


CHOMP is a free produce market serving Knox County. It runs from May to October. CHOMP helps any individual in the community struggling to provide fresh produce for themselves or their family.