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  • Writer's pictureBrian Conn


Prestonsburg, KY – Soul Food is proud to announce it received a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) in the amount of $10,154.00 to purchase food for its backpack program to feed children on the weekends during the 2024 school year in Johnson and Floyd counties who might otherwise go hungry.

Soul Food is looking to provide food for 450 children each week in the 2024 school year.

HOKC awarded $3.1 million in grants supporting 343 non-profits, impacting more than 3.8 million Kentuckians. Grants are made possible through donations from Kentucky Colonels from throughout the Commonwealth and around the world who chose to exercise the honor of being named a Kentucky Colonel in a meaningful way.

According to Commanding General Gary Boschert: “2022/2023 was another generous year for Colonels. We were able to award another $3.1 million dollars to 343 non-profits this year that helps them support over 3.8 million Kentuckians. Kentucky Colonels generosity is heartfelt and well spent on worthy agencies across the Commonwealth. Our also long-term efforts in both western and eastern Kentucky are ongoing with funds remaining for each effort. We work with other agencies to ensure Kentucky Colonels money is spent wisely and deliver goods and products needed for the rebuild.”

About Soul Food

Soul Food is a 501(c) (3) backpack program founded in 2015. Its vision is that one day no child in Eastern Kentucky would go to bed hungry. In collaboration with family resource departments, youth service coordinators, and our community, Soul Food aims to share the love of Christ and feed children in Eastern Kentucky who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends. Visit to learn more.

About the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is a 501(c) (3) entity dedicated to supporting charitable activities throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The organization is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees. The “Kentucky Colonel” commission is an honorary title granted by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Since 1951, the organization has pursued its mission through annual grants totaling $63 million to more than 1,700 nonprofits. Of those Colonels’ contributions, each grant is thoroughly vetted by the trustees and staff. Though the corporate name is The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, most know it by its long-term trademark, KENTUCKY COLONELS. Visit to learn more.


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