Master Provisions Thanks Kentucky Colonels for Renovation Grant
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 10:14 RCN Newsdesk
Kentucky Colonels Gary and Derek Boschert visited Master Provisions (MP) on July 10 to see the renovated food operations office that was funded by a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
While at Master Provisions, the father and son hung a plaque recognizing the Colonels’ gift. The plaque is located at the food center entrance and is viewed daily by Master Provisions volunteers and by representatives of nonprofit agencies who come to the center to receive food.
“The new office area has made our food center operations much more efficient and helped our volunteers and staff do more for the people we serve,” said Roger Babik, Master Provisions President. “We are immensely grateful to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for their generous gift.”
Master Provisions’ mission is to serve God by connecting resources to needs. In the Northern Kentucky region, MP distributes donated surplus food to agencies that feed the hungry, including soup kitchens, shelters, and neighborhood food pantries. Each week, an average of 46 agencies visit MP to pick up food, which helps feed about 6500 people. In 2017, MP distributed a total of 4.2 million pounds of food.
Additionally, MP partners with Isaiah House Ministries to provide food and logistics for two mobile food pantries held monthly in Ludlow and Covington; these serve another 450 households monthly.
The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is a voluntary philanthropic organization. The commission is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky to recognize an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to community, state and nation. The Colonels also contribute to, and administer, the Good Works Program. In 2017, the Good Works Program awarded 171 grants, totaling $1.5 million and serving three million people throughout Kentucky.
The Colonels previously helped fund a 1408-square-foot cold storage unit at Master Provisions, which doubled the cold storage capacity available to Northern Kentucky nonprofits, and the Service and Volunteer Education (SAVE) Center, also at Master Provisions. The SAVE Center allows people of all ages and backgrounds to come together in volunteerism and is shared with other nonprofits who need project space.
Photo ID from left: Colonels General Gary Boschert, MP President Roger Babik, Derek Boschert (photo provided)