LEXINGTON, Ky. - Days after launching Commonwealth, Common Health - an initiative that matches volunteers with vulnerable Kentuckians who need assistance accessing household items - retired Marine Lt. Colonel Amy McGrath established a food bank relief fund to support food banks across the state.
"As our daily lives change, so do the challenges each and every one of us face, and for many people that's being able to purchase or have access to food," McGrath said. "We are trying to close that gap by having neighbors help neighbors through our work with food banks."
The fund will be operated by the Blue Grass Community Foundation, which manages over 700 funds for charitable giving. All donations made to this fund will go toward this initiative.
"We are asking those who are willing and able to volunteer," said McGrath, who is running for U.S. Senate. "If you know someone in your community who may be in need, share this initiative with them. And if you are in need, don't be afraid to reach out for help."
Anyone who is over 18, has a valid driver's license and meets other background requirements can sign up to match with community members who are over 55, immunocompromised, or living with someone who is immunocompromised, to help them acquire food.
You can sign up to be involved in the program or donate to the fund at the Commonwealth, Common Health portal at https://amymcgra
If you feel yourself showing symptoms of COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, trouble breathing), contact your local KY health department. Visit the official CDC site and the Kentucky Department of Public Health for updates on how to stay safe and on how COVID-19 is affecting your community.