The Kentucky Colonels invest in gleanKY!

Ford E250

First gleaning trip to UK South Farm for our new Ford E250!

GleanKY was recently awarded a matching grant from the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels to purchase a cargo van to haul gleaned produce from our gleaning partners to one or more of our 70 distribution partners to help end hunger in KY!

We extend our thanks to all the Colonels who donate to support their community. Having a reliable vehicle with great hauling capacity is not only a treat, but a must for gleaning!

About Kentucky Colonels

Kentucky Colonels are unwavering in devotion to faith, family, fellowman and country. Passionate about being compassionate. Proud, yet humble. Leaders who are not ashamed to follow. Gentle but strong in will and commitment. The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, as a Brotherhood, reaches out to care for our children, support those in need and preserve our rich heritage. – learn more about the Kentucky Colonels

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GoodGiving Guide Challenge


November 3 – December 12

Over 150 local nonprofits participate in this end of year giving challenge.  There are incentives for those who donate and challenges for the nonprofits to raise more funds.

This is our 3rd year to participate with a goal of raising $25,000 to continue and expand gleaning in KY to help end hunger.


Please help us thank our matching sponsor, Integrity IT, by integrity logolearning more about their business and service.  Ranking Best Place to Work 2014/2013, and receiving the 2014 Small Business Award for Innovation, you quickly realize how they maintain a 97% retention of satisfied customers.

We appreciate your support!  Donate today to help end waste and end hunger!


Why We Need Your Support

When we started gleaning, it came so easily – leftover produce was just waiting for someone to claim it.  It took off like crazy.  With no employees, then with one part time position, we had the volunteer support to build the business and glean like crazy!

More and more people are relying on our gleaned produce in their own nonprofit missions and in their homes.  As people around Kentucky learn about gleanKY, they want us to create a gleaning network in their hometowns.  It has been a challenge to meet the demands this year with such lean resources, but we have a lot to celebrate.

You have invested in gleaning!

This year we have served 56 distribution sites and programs in Fayette County and, thanks to volunteers, added 19 more in Scott and Franklin Counties.  I can not wrap my head around the volume of work being done through gleanKY. Well over 450,000 pounds of fresh produce that would have rotted in landfills or decomposed in compost piles is now serving our 1 in 6 residents (1 in 4 kids) struggling to have enough food, much less have high quality nutritious produce.

We’ve made great strides in the financial support of our mission as foundations and agencies see the great work being done through gleaning. With a grant from AmeriCorps, we placed a VISTA member, Rachel Hollars, into a fundraising role. She applied for 10 grants, large and small, and we’ve received 5 (mostly the larger ones!).

  • United Way - awarded $52,500 regional grant over 3 years
  • LFUCG – awarded $5,500 from the Dept of Social Service and $500 Neighborhood Grant for initiating a distribution point in Cardinal Valley, now serving 70 families.
  • Richard Reynold’s Foundation – awarded $3,500
  • KY Colonel’s – a matching grant up to $15,000 to purchase a cargo van

These grants pay one year of one part time position and one VISTA member.  We have done so much with so little, but we’ve reached a potential breaking point.  We need to grow our donor base to fund positions to not only expand gleaning and coordinate distribution of thousands of pounds of fresh produce in Fayette county and across Kentucky, but to sustain the great mission we’ve all built.  In 2015, we will celebrate our 5th birthday, expand and solidify our gleaning in Franklin and Scott Counties, and respond to requests from many other counties and programs to start gleanKY Chapters or become affiliates.  Gleaning works and can work for all.

A Call to Action

  1. Make a donation to gleanKY|Faith Feeds during the GoodGiving Guide Challenge – $10 to $10,000 (any amount is graciously welcomed)
  2. For those who gave last year, could you increase your gift by 25% this year?
  3. Ask 5 of your friends, family, faith family, and Facebook followers to donate also. All they can do is say no, but if they say yes…

Thank you…
for the pounds, the trips, the meals…  

YOU are gleanKY!


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Fun things happening this week


This Friday, October 17 –  Music With a Message:  “Fair Trade and Sustainability”

Enjoy local music from Carla Gover and local food from Athenian Grill andCrazyboutcajun Food Truck. Learn about the mission of Faith Feeds | Glean KY and what UUCL does to support fair trade. Purchase fair trade coffee and other items. This event is free and open to the public.

Where:  The Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, 3564 Clays Mill Rd, Lexington, KY 40503

When: 7 pm


10356272_991554287536718_7483550072244588239_nWe have entered to win $10,000 from KIND snacks – all we have to do is get the most votes.  You must register with KIND and then vote.  You can get up to 3 more votes if you share it on Facebook, Twitter and by email.  You can unsubscribe from any emails from KIND if that happens in the future.   We do appreciate your efforts and your vote!  We have until the end of October to win!  Click the picture to see our cause.


First Ten In Banner

Only a few more tickets available for a fundraising event called First 10 In – Friday October 17 at 7 pm at the Aviation Museum.  Hosted by Real Life Radio, you can eat from 10 restaurants, enjoy spirits and learn about 10 local non-profits.  50% of the donations will be shared with the nonprofits.  Faith Feeds|GleanKY won a spot at this event through a contest.  Real Life Radio hosts, Jennifer Longworth and Leo Brown, reach out to our local nonprofits and help our community learn more about the great work being done.   Come have some fun and learn about 20 business all in one neat place!


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Thanks to all who attended and supported Burgers & Beats!

It was a wonderful second year for Burgers & Beats at Wallace Station.  We are thankful for Ouita Michel and her staff, SilverbackCrank and Boom, our silent auction donors and many great volunteers for making the event fun and enjoyable for our participants.  Our event sponsors, Stoll Keenon Ogden, Blue and Co, Lexmark, Run the Bluegrass, Bates Security and Friends of GleanKY helped make the fundraising event very successful.  Please enjoy the slideshow of pictures taken by Dee Sturgill. 

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