What is FreshLo? In 2016, the Kresge Foundation funded 26 organizations across the nation  to develop food-oriented initiatives that strengthen economic vitality, cultural expression and health in low-income communities. The Center is honored to be one of the FreshLo recipients!

All of our FreshLo programming takes place in Covington’s Westside neighborhood. After 9 months of community input and planning with residents in the Westside, we developed four initiatives:

FreshLo Chef Fellowship: Applications now open! This program introduces the basics of what it takes to start and run a food business – culinary skills, business knowledge, industry connections, rules and regulations. Taught by leaders in the local food scene, this program has been built to appeal to those wanting to start or grow a food business but with limited access to resources, connections, or know-how. The FreshLo Chef Fellowship is open to anyone over 18 who is passionate about having a food-based business, particularly healthy, affordable, and culturally-diverse food ideas. The program welcomes a diversity of business goals and professional backgrounds (home cooks are welcome!) as well as a diversity of cultural and ethnic-backgrounds.

Empower Tools: A tool lending library where anyone with a Kenton County Library Card can check out gardening and home improvement tools. More detailed info here.

Westside Spring CelebrationLocated at the Hellmann Creative Center, this yearly celebration of food and art features all things “Westside”.

Covington Leads (f.k.a. FreshLo Fellows): A 12-week program that focuses on Covington residents who are emerging leaders and would like to reconnect with the broader community while also building their project managing and event planning skill set.