Perry County, Kentucky

Perry County, KY University of Louisville School of Nursing Population: 26,092
Project focus: Access to foods that support healthy eating patterns

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University of Louisville, School of Nursing leads the Food & Faith Coalition, a partnership with Food and Faith Sector Leaders, North Fork Local Foods, Perry County Judge Executive/Fiscal Court, Hazard Community and Technical College, Perry County Ministerial Association, Hazard/Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Nurses Association and Little Flower Clinic,. The Food & Faith Coalition plans to improve food security and diet-related health in Perry County.

The Coalition engages more than 40 faith leaders, educators, health care providers, researchers, social workers, government officials, and food resource providers. Together, they will work to address the root causes of food insecurity in Perry, increase food security screenings, grow retailers’ donations to nonprofit food programs, and improve the interconnected work of 16 county organizations that provide food to community members. The Coalition will also create innovative service-learning opportunities for local students. The team is excited and ready to increase the number of clients served by food banks and to support these institutions to be able to supply food on a regular basis. Check out Perry County's Food Assistance Acceptability Scale! This scale is used for research and projects aimed at reducing stigma associated with food assistance.


  • Conduct root cause analyses of food insecurity issues
  • Increase food security screening
  • Implement strategies to increase donations of healthy foods
  • Coordinate existing food security services to ensure consistent access 

In the news:

Read NACo's interviews with each of the the 10 county-based teams, including Perry County.