JCPS Family Meal Program


Family Meal is a partnership between The LEE Initiative, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), Louisville Metro, Churchill Downs, Audi, and Humana, and will feed families who have children enrolled in JCPS.

“Reports are indicating that roughly 8 million Americans are slipping into poverty due to this crisis. We hope the entire city will join us in proving that Louisville can be a truly compassionate city and that we can create innovative solutions to the hunger issues that have become so rampant,” says Chef Edward Lee, co-founder and director of programming for The LEE Initiative. “This program is more than just feeding families; it is helping families avoid facing poverty.”

The LEE Initiative has hired 50 cooks who have been out of work due to the pandemic. These cooks use the Churchill Downs kitchen to prepare 8000 boxed meals a week, with each box feeding a family of four. Says Churchill Downs Executive Chef David Danielson, “We love working with The LEE Initiative to take the stigma out of getting a free meal and making sure families have a high-quality chef-prepared meal.”