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Dinner inspired by childhood lunches will help Lexington hungry kids

The Azur dinner will help purchase supplies for the Backpack Food Program which sends home shelf-stable foods such as soup, canned goods, tuna and healthy snacks for kids.
The Azur dinner will help purchase supplies for the Backpack Food Program which sends home shelf-stable foods such as soup, canned goods, tuna and healthy snacks for kids. Photo provided

Lexington’s Azur Restaurant and Patio is hosting a dinner inspired by old-school lunch favorites such as Campbell’s chicken noodle soup to raise money for a local “backpack” program that provides staples that kids can take home over the weekend.

The restaurant, along with the Food News and Chews Radio Show is partnering with Gethsemane Lutheran Church and the Child Care Council of Kentucky to provide bags of food for kids at Garden Springs Elementary and Beaumont Middle Schools.

The program sends home food such as pasta, cans of tuna, fresh fruit and vegetables when available and shelf-stable milk on Fridays so that children in need have meals over the weekend.

The schools’ family resource coordinator identifies children to participate; the program distributes 66 bags at Garden Springs Elementary and approximately 3,000 district wide every week.

Azur chef Jeremy Ashby’s benefit dinner, which will be 7 p.m. Jan. 25, is $60 per person and will feature an upscale menu designed to evoke memories of childhood favorites such as noodle soup, Mom’s leftovers in a thermos, fish sticks, and a dessert that lets you lick the beaters.

Fifteen dollars from each ticket will be donated to the Backpack Food Program. Tickets are available online from the Childcare Council of Kentucky.

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