2022 Drive Grant Recipients
The following local organizations have been awarded grants
to help support their food initiatives throughout 2023.
$1,000 Grant Recipients
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.
Mount Vernon Municipal Court
The Municipal Court will help provide food within its area of influence.
Touchpointe Marriage & Family Resources
Along with counseling and educational assistance for marriage and parenting, Touchpointe provides food for clients who have need.
The Escape Zone
The Escape Zone provides snacks for teens who attend on Friday nights.
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.
$1,500 Grant Recipients
Mulberry Street United Methodist Church
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.
First Naz Mount Vernon Hot Meals and Father’s Table Food Pantry
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.
Mount Vernon 7th Day Adventist Hot Meals Program
Mount Vernon 7th Day Adventist Hot Meals provide a free hot meal for the people of Mount Vernon every week.
Covenant Church Food Pantry is a local food pantry for the community of Mount Vernon.
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.
The Winter Sanctuary
The Winter Sanctuary will use this grant to purchase food for the residents who are facing homelessness.
$2,000 Grant Recipients
Northbend Church of the Brethern
They assist families struggling with food insecurity with food bags and snacks in northern Knox County.
First Congregational Church of Christ Hot Meals Program
They provide a hot meal for people in Mount Vernon each week.
Fredericktown United Methodist Church
Peace Meals Program
They provide a free weekly meal for people in Fredericktown. Recipients can choose to eat at the church or pick up their meal to-go.
Knox County Career Center Food Pantry
Food Pantry for students of KCCC who need food assistance.
Central Christian Food Pantry
They provide a food pantry once a month. They service over 700 individuals on a monthly basis.
Millwood Church of Christ Sharing Shed
They stock a shed with food for people to take whatever they need.
Gay Street United Methodist Church Hot Meals Program
They serve a hot meal each week for the people of Mount Vernon.
Apostolic Christian Church Food Pantry
The Apostolic Christian Church received a special Emergency Equipment Repair Grant. The grant will help repair the compressor used in their food pantry.
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.
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 those in need throughout the month.
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.
Say a Prayer Ministries/InJoy Food Pantry
Say A Prayer Ministries began 10 years ago, and started a small pantry, that consisted of a single shelf in our hallway. Now we serve over 200 individuals per month. Our mission is to feed the people in our community physically and spiritually.