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Food For The Hungry- Working together to care for our neighbors

The following local organizations have been awarded grants to help support their food initiatives in 2019

Gay Street
Methodist Church

Gay Street United Methodist Church Hot Meals Program received a $1,000 grant in 2019. The church is part of the weekly Hot Meals program in the Mount Vernon area and serves approximately  85-100 folks every Friday evening.  

The Half Units

Mount Vernon Association of Police Chaplains/The Half-Units Support Group received a $1,000 grant in 2019. The Half-Units is a chapter of the Mount Vernon Association of Police Chaplains. They provide support for all Knox County first responders and spouses, including meal trains, gas vouchers, and other needs for their families in times of crisis or other life events.

Winter Sanctuary

The Winter Sanctuary received a $1,000 grant in 2019.
The Winter Sanctuary is an emergency homeless shelter for men and women.  This grant was used for breakfast foods, Saturday lunches, and for meals when the guests are not able to make it to an evening hot meal in the community. They serve approximately 100 people per month.

Life Point Church Backpacks of Hope

Lifepoint Church Backpacks of Hope received a $2,000 grant in 2019.

Lifepoint Church's Backpacks of Hope provides weekend meals for hungry elementary children at Dan Emmett, East, and Columbia Schools.  

They understand that hunger doesn't take the weekends off and they do not want to stand idly by as the principals, teachers, and guidance counselors see the pain of hunger in the eyes of the children they serve. 

CHOMP Ministries

CHOMP Ministries received a $1,000 grant in 2019. CHOMP’s purpose is to aid local residents through meeting physical needs that support a healthy lifestyle.  They have produce markets at Riverside Park and the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. They serve approximately 600 people monthly.

feedtheVERN

feedtheVERN received a $2,000 grant in 2019. feedtheVERN provides food every week throughout the school year to elementary school children in Mount Vernon who are in need.  Each year, they provide several thousand bags of food for children within our community. They serve approximately 100 children per week.

Covenant Church

Food Pantry

Covenant Church Food Pantry received a $2,000 grant in 2019.
This food pantry feeds individuals with needs and those with low incomes. Lives are being changed to better our community. The pantry serves 640-720 people per month with meals for up to two weeks. 

Acts Food Pantry

Acts Food Pantry received

a $2,000 grant in 2019.
The Acts Food Panty provides food packages to families and individuals in need in Knox County. The grant helped them to purchase frozen food when available. They served 6,900 individuals in 2019.

First Congregational Church of Christ

Received a $1,500 grant in 2019 

They serve the poor, including the working poor as well as senior citizens trying to decide whether to buy their medication or food. 

Complete meals are served 26 Tuesdays of every year . They feed about 100 to 120 on a bi-weekly basis.

 Knox County Community Center-Food Pantry

Received a $2,000 grant in 2019. 

Many students who attend the Learning Center come to them with little or nothing to eat.  Many students receive most of their food from the school. Often, that food isn't enough.

Through staff donations, the KCCC stocks a food and supply pantry for needy students each year. Services are provided with the utmost confidentiality for the student.

Jacqueline McCalla-Cordle Children's Fund

Jacque Cordle Children’s Fund Food Pantry received a $2,000 grant in 2019 The food pantry serves all residents that reside in the Centerburg School District. They give 7 days of nutritional food. Each day has 3 USDA guideline meals and a nutritional snack. Services are provided during weekly scheduled hours and on emergency call-ins by clients.
29,824 meals were served this year through November 24th. They have served over 700 clients.

Byron Saunders Foundation

Byron Saunders Foundation, Knox County Chapter received a $2,000 grant in 2019. They provide the grocery items, including a turkey, for families in need so that they will have a Thanksgiving meal. The idea is for family members to create memories while preparing the meal. The Byron Saunders Foundation believes that preparing the Thanksgiving meal together creates and strengthens family bonds. Strong families create strong communities. This year they provided 375-400+ meals, reaching around 1,520+ individuals.

Place 4 Grace, Feeding 1, Feeds More

Receives a $1,000 grant in 2019.

A Place for Grace is a residential Maternity Housing program. Their desire is to not only feed their resident mom’s a balanced, nutritious diet, but to also teach them how to do them same for their new family once they're out on their own.

The Main Place

Received a $1,000 grant in 2019.

The Main Place, a mental health recovery drop in center has been serving the Mt Vernon community for 20 years this November. 

A continental breakfast is served every morning Monday through Friday to clients and the community at large. A hot lunch is served every day at noon to clients and anyone in the community who is hungry.

The Church on the Rise Food Pantry

The Church on the Rise Food Pantry received a $2,000 grant in 2019.
This food pantry provides a monthly distribution of food to the needy in our community every third Saturday. They also provide emergency food distributions throughout each month. The pantry serves 500-800individuals monthly.

TouchPoint Life Center

TouchPointe Life Center received

a $1,000 grant in 2019.
This grant was used to help our Knox County neighbors and the KnoxWorks program. TouchPointe is a nonprofit organization that wants to help build a healthy community through healthy couples and healthy relationships. They teach a relational healing class at the Alpha & Omega house that is court ordered and purchase a hot lunch for the participants on their last session class. They offer hot meals on Sunday afternoons at the Life Center and they also provide a spiritual message.
KnoxWorks is a program to help teach life skills and coaching to obtain employment. TouchPointe also uses funds to provide lunch to the KnoxWorks class participants while they are learning about professionalism. This program operates 5 days a week throughout the year. 

Saint Paul’s Church

Saint Paul's Church received a grant for $1,500 in 2019. Saint Paul’s provides a family style hot meal for Approx. 125 people in need every Sunday evening.

Centerburg Church of God Food Pantry

Centerburg Church of God Food Pantry received a $1,000 grant in 2019.
This pantry helps the needy during the Christmas and winter season with food for their families. They serve approximately 125 families.

Central Christian Church

Central Christian Church Food Pantry received a $2,000 grant in 2019.
In 2019, this pantry provided 33,345 meals to 3,705 individuals. They have supplied over 74,00 pounds of food.

They serve approximately 150 families each month.

The Freedom Center

The Freedom Center received a $2,000 grant in 2019. This grant provided the Freedom Center the ability to provide snacks on a daily basis for their clients.  During their treatment time, the clients are learning healthy ways of taking care of themselves. Being able to provide nourishment along with hope and praise just makes things better for each client. They have been able to serve over 500 clients with snacks. 

New Directions

New Directions received

a $1,000 grant in 2019.
The agency provides shelter to those leaving violent situations. They cannot always anticipate when they will have clients needing shelter and sometimes it happens when the food pantries aren't open or clients need to eat something immediately. The funding from this grant helps to buy groceries in these emergency situations, provide a meal at a local restaurant (i.e., pizza or fast food), and have gift cards available for those that are needing their services as they are relocating out of town or state. New Directions serve approximately 40 individuals (average sheltered per year - adults and children).

Fredericktown United Methodist Church

Peace Meals at Fredericktown United Methodist Church received

a $1,000 grant in 2019.
The Fredericktown United Methodist congregation serves about 150 hot and nutritious meals each week in their fellowship hall. They see many hungry guests from the community and serve approx. 650 guests per month.

The Father’s Table, Food Pantry,

Received a $2,000 grant in 2019.

Many of their families are facing difficult financial circumstances in this economy and are unable to provide for the needs of their family. 

First Naz Church desires to help these families in their own community, so they established Father’s Table. Also offering a choice food pantry.

16:15 sk8 ministry

Received a  $500 grant in 2019

A local skateboard ministry that meets at memorial park every Tuesday for devotion and fellowship. They feed anyone that needs it at the park.

Knox Learning Center

Knox Educational Service Center/Knox Learning Center received

a $1,000 grant in 2019.
Hungry for Knowledge. Many students who attend the Learning Center come with little or nothing to eat.  Many students receive most of their food from the school. Often, that food isn't enough. This grant allows the Learning Center to offer students a healthy afternoon snack so that they have something to fill their stomachs while they fill their minds. They serve approximately 50-75 students.

Trinity Worship Center, Blizzard Bags Program

Trinity Worship Center Received  a $1,000 grant in 2019. 

They have been feeding underprivileged kids over Christmas break. In 2019 they provided 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches for 367 elementary students.

Knox County Task Force for Older Adults

Received a $1,000 grant in 2019.

The Farmer's Market Senior Voucher program has provided food vouchers since 2017 for those 60+ years, at risk for food insecurity

Apostolic Christian Church Food Pantry

Received a $2,000 grant in 2019. 

Opened their doors in 2006. The Apostolic Christian Church operates a choice food pantry. Clients can access pantry services once every 30 days.  Served 500 individuals last month.

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