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  • Writer's pictureBrian Conn

Festival raises funds for Soul Food

Karen Paige-Hall, a Family Resource Youth Service Center assistant, shows her surprise when Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton presents a $200 donation from the city to Soul Food.

The city of Prestonsburg and the Jenny Wiley Festival Committee raised funds during last week’s festival for Soul Food, a nonprofit organization that provides food to children in need.

During an Oct. 15 Prestonsburg City Council meeting, Mayor Les Stapleton and City Comptroller Michael Ellis presented checks to local Family Resource Youth Service Center officials who receive food from Soul Food and distribute it to Floyd County students in need.

The donation totaled $900, with $700 coming from the Jenny Wiley Festival Car Show and $200 coming from the city. 

Soul Food works to “share the love of Christ and feed children in Eastern Kentucky who would otherwise go hungry on weekends.” The organization was founded in 2014 by Alisa and Bob Gound of Johnson County and it expanded into Floyd County in 2016. 

Stapleton said Soul Food can purchase enough food to feed one child for an entire school year with every donation of $120.

Karen Paige-Hall, a Family Resource Youth Service Center assistant in Floyd County, became emotional when she talked about how these donations will help children.

“We have 171 children in Floyd County and every Friday they go home with a bag of-I’m going to get emotional because of these children,” she said. “It’s okay,” Stapleton told her.

She continued, “They make sure they come and get their bag of food, and we have children that make sure their little brothers and sisters (get it). They’ll say, ‘Look at your list. Is my little brother in here?’ Because they need this food. They really need this food. This goes so far in helping, and we really appreciate it so much.”

For more information about Soul Food, visit its Facebook page or website at

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