First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady visits Access Soup Kitchen during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 10, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

More than 375 pounds of produce from the Governor’s Garden donated to Access this year

FRANKFORT, Ky. - First Lady Jane Beshear spent the afternoon yesterday cooking, serving and lending a hand at Access Soup Kitchen in downtown Frankfort as a part of continued efforts to promote community engagement and giving back to those in need.

Earlier in the day, Mrs. Beshear joined homeless advocates and other state officials to announce November 15-21, 2009 as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Kentucky.

“The old saying, ‘cold hands, warm heart’ couldn’t be more appropriate this winter,” said Mrs. Beshear. “As the temperatures keep dropping and the holiday season approaches, it’s important to keep the spirit of giving alive and well inside all of us.”

Much of the food prepared by Mrs. Beshear came from the Governor’s Garden, which has been a primary source of sustainable, local, healthy food for Access since last spring. To date, approximately 375 pounds of produce have been delivered from the garden to the soup kitchen, with 565 pounds harvested overall.

Committed to seasonal produce, the arrival of autumn has produced bumper crops of cabbage, broccoli and turnips. Future plans include expanding the garden to include 24 fruit trees.

“Too often, those struggling to get back on their feet don’t have access to the kind of nutritious food that is so important for good health. I’m excited to have the chance to help provide local, Kentucky Proud produce to Access and be a part of their great work inside the community,” said Mrs. Beshear.