• Four people and the words, Extension Matters.

Connected Community

A group of 11 men and women wearing masks stand in front of a brick building.
Volunteers came together to make the Lexington Food Pantry food giveaways possible.

Photo by Kevin Hudson

The Lexington Food Pantry’s food giveaways in Holmes County came together because of a group of dedicated volunteers, many of whom are part of the AIM for CHangE coalition in Lexington. Advancing, Inspiring, and Motivating for Community Health through Extension—AIM for CHangE—develops community-led groups that develop health solutions specifically for local residents. In front (from left) are Extension agent Betsy Padgett, Debra Mabry, Lexington Mayor Robin McCrory, Janance Goree, and Captain Sam Chambers. In back (from left) are Tara Howell, Veronica Rand, Extension agent Marven Cantave, Johnny Black, Ed Hooker, and Anna Margaret Hooker. Goree, Rand, and Black, as well as Ed Wilburn Hooker Sr., Janine Lewis-Blackmon, Elisabeth Culbertson, and Kathleen Waldrop-Hooker, are the founding members of the Lexington Food Pantry.

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