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Today, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that a United States Department of Agriculture- Rural Development (USDA-RD) Community Facility Grant has been awarded to Whitley County’s Cedaridge Ministries in the amount of $54,348. The funds will be used to replace the roof on the Cedaridge Ministries building and to purchase a 2004 Caterpillar forklift to unload food items from tractor trailers.

“Cedaridge Ministries is bringing hope to so many people throughout Whitley County,” stated Rogers. “This funding is well deserved and I applaud USDA-RD for supporting our local non-profit groups that go above and beyond to provide for those in need. Whether it is during an emergency or just helping a neighbor in need, Cedaridge Ministries is feeding the hungry and providing meaningful relief to those who may be struggling to get back on their feet.”

The Community Facility Grant is funded by the USDA to essential community facilities. The grants are available to assist in the development of facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 50,000 in population. Through the Community Facility Grant, the USDA is striving to ensure all rural Americans have access to facilities like Cedaridge Ministries and is committed to creating stronger rural communities across the nation.

Cedaridge Ministries operates a local food pantry and emergency food bank in Williamsburg, Kentucky. In addition to food distribution services, they also distribute clothes and operate a thrift store for the 5,143 citizens of Williamsburg and for the surrounding rural areas of Whitley County.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit