Fayette County: God's Pantry benefits from virtual food drive

The Bistro Group, the nation's third-largest franchisee of T.G.I. Friday's restaurants, announces their second annual Can For A Fan virtual food drive benefiting 10 regional food banks. Through Dec. 31, T.G.I. Friday's in the Lexington area will donate one can of food for every new fan at to God's Pantry Food Bank.

T.G.I. Friday's is hosting the virtual food drive as a way for individuals to support the Lexington community.

The food drive ends Dec. 31 or until 5,000 cans have been donated.

God's Pantry Food Bank is a member of Feeding America with a mission to create a hunger-free America. God's Pantry aims to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources.

Deadline extended

The deadline for minority- and women-owned businesses to apply for a program to help them compete in the construction business has been extended to Friday. The classes will begin Jan. 10.

The Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program is in its second year. It is a 10-week program that covers topics ranging from estimating and bidding to subcontracting. It will be at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Center, 200 East Main Street.

The program is sponsored by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, Blue Grass Airport, Messer Construction Co., BEX Construction, the Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and University of Kentucky Facilities Management.

The program is coordinated by Marilyn Clark, LFUCG's minority business enterprise liaison. Classes will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. To qualify, you must have a minority- or women-owned business with a 51 percent ownership in the construction or construction-related industry. The cost is $100 for companies accepted into the program. A boxed dinner is provided each night.

For more information, contact Marilyn Clark at (859) 258-3323 or, or Dee Dee Harbut at (859) 257-7668 or