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What’s for dinner?

Abby Kamen

“What’s for dinner?” Three simple words that define our story. Words that challenge what and how we eat. Words that highlight the devastating fact that for many the answer is nothing. Words that set us on a quest to ensure that there is healthy plate reserved at the table for everyone. We hope you will be inspired to join the chain reaction.

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Top Chef Fan

Abby Kamen

Chad becomes a fan of the TV show Top Chef taking Abby along for the ride - literally, someone had to drive to Whole Foods. Dinners got healthier and tastier at the Kamen household.

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Chad decides to broaden the scope

Abby Kamen

Chad decides to broaden the scope of his work to address the devastating poverty affecting the rest of the state through a License Plate for Hunger Relief. The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is the intended beneficiary as they service all 120 counties. He brings a select group from KCD to Frankfort on Children's Advocacy Day to lobby for the specialty plate. They learn the plate can not be legislated, and Chad is sent to the private sector.

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The KAFB asks Chad to put the plate on hold

Abby Kamen

The KAFB asks Chad to put the plate on hold and help them lobby for their Farms to Food Banks Program appropriation up for review in the 2014 - 2106 state budget. They are successful and the KAFB receives $1.2M, making Kentucky the 40th state to finally offer some form of government assistance for hunger relief!

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Concerned that their funding would be jeopardized

Abby Kamen

Concerned that their funding would be jeopardized, the KAFB backs out of the plate initiative, encouraging TFC to carry on with the endeavor. To do so, TFC must become a 501(c)3, raise $22,500, and obtain the signature of 900 Kentuckians. On March 17th 2015, TFC appears before the DMV's Specialty Plate Committee for final approval.

Sadly, TFC has a St. Patrick's Day without the "luck of the Irish". The DMV goes back on their policy of lump sum and rejects TFC's funds raised through crowd-sourcing, pushing TFC's efforts back to square one. Rather than publicly fight the DMV's hypocrisy and cause a groundswell of negative energy, Chad moves forward without "letting his ego get in the way of his vision” and gives all of the funds raised directly to the KAFB.

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Chad and Abby commit

Abby Kamen

Chad and Abby commit to taking TFC forward together. Chad heads to the University of Virginia, where he will continue TFC's support of the Compassionate Schools Project. Abby focuses on building TFC's partnerships in Kentucky.

 

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