The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Dr. Susan Pollack and Marian F. Guinn as the 2015 Public Health Heroes. This award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. It is a part of the National Public Health Week running April 6th-12th this year.
Guinn is the CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, a Feeding America affiliate that distributes more than 2 million pounds of food monthly to nearly 400 non-profits in 50 central and eastern Kentucky counties. Of the 26 million pounds of food provided last year, one-third was fresh produce as Guinn believes all Kentuckians should have access to enough healthy, nutritious food to lead healthy lives. Guinn also worked with other food banks to receive $1.2 million over two years from the state budget for Farms to Food Banks, a program that provides fresh produce to hungry families while providing an economic boost for Kentucky’s farmers.
Pollack and Guinn will be recognized at the April 13th Board of Health meeting held at 5:45 p.m. at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 650 Newtown Pike, and at the April 16th Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council meeting.