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 took place in Covington’s Westside neighborhood. After 9 months of community input and planning with residents in the Westside, we developed four initiatives:
Empower Tools: A tool lending library where anyone with a Kenton County Library Card can check out gardening and home improvement tools.
Westside Spring Celebration: Located at the Hellmann Creative Center, this yearly celebration of food and art featured all things “Westside”.
FreshLo Fellows: A 7-week workforce program that focused on Covington residents who were reentering the workforce and wanted to reconnect with the broader community while also building their project managing and event planning skill set.
FreshLo Chef Fellowship: A program for home chefs who were making culturally-inspired and/or healthy food; this program gave them the opportunity to earn additional income through food sales, improve English language skills, and increase the diversity of food offerings in the Westside of Covington, KY.