New Food Pantry Among Recipients of Maker's Mark Man o' War Bottle Proceeds

BGFC's Julie Kwasniewski, Maker's Mark's Rob Samuels and Tom Thornbury | BGFC Photo

Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) was named one of three non-profits to receive the “Maker's Mark Bourbon: Greats of the Gate” Man-O-War bottle proceeds. Proceeds from the Man o' War bottle will support construction of a new food pantry located at The Thoroughbred Center on Paris Pike, Keeneland's year-round training facility, making it accessible to industry workers.

For the first three years of the 10-year series, the “Greats of the Gate” bottle will also support Kentucky Harvest and Art Center of the Bluegrass. The Art Center of the Bluegrass connects people to art, culture, and creativity through exhibits, hands-on art making, arts appreciation, and cultural experiences, while the mission of Kentucky Harvest is to end local hunger by connecting with food donors and engaging volunteers to rescue excess food and move it from those who have it to those in need.

BGFC provides various programs and services, including food assistance program, to horsemen/women working on Central Kentucky farms, backstretch, and other Thoroughbred facilities. BGFC serves Fayette, Bourbon, Woodford, Scott and Jessamine area farms and facilities.

“This is a 'wish come true' and perfect timing for the charity, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary,” BGFC Executive Director Julie Kwasniewski said. “Along with our foodbank partners, the charity will now have a central location to regularly provide fresh food, along with grant-funded hygiene/baby, cleaning items to farm/track families. Most importantly, the TTC location will give better access to those in need of our benevolent services and referrals BGFC offers.”

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