Farm to Fork raised $1,900 for food bank

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The Farm to Fork Dinner on September 24 drew 120 participants to the Lyon Convention Center.

The Farm to Fork event, on September 24, helped raise $1,900 for the HOPE of Lyon County Food Bank, thanks to the generous support of Lyon County residents.

Lyon County FFA and Girl Scout members waited on tables. Organizers estimated the event saw 120 attendees.

Chef Aaron Purdue prepared the meal, Kate Ward provided musical entertainment on the violin, and Sharon Spencer from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture spoke about the Farm to Fork as a part of the Kentucky Proud marketing program.

Participants appreciated the local update and words of wisdom and wit from state Senator Stan Humphries and Justice Bill Cunningham.

The HOPE of Lyon County Food Bank will receive a check for about $1,900 when all payments and reimbursements are processed.

Local food costs will be 50 percent cost-shared by the Kentucky Proud Program of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Food providers included Yolanda Jones, Magney Legacy Ridge Farms, Joey Rittenberry, Jim Melton, The Garden Patch and Broadbent Market. The committee included representatives from Lyon County Cooperative Extension, Lyon County Farm Bureau, Lyon County Conservation District and Magney Legacy Ridge Farms.

Gift baskets were donated by the Kentucky Soybean Association, Akridge Farm Supply, the West Kentucky Beekeepers and the Kentucky Proud Program.