Food PreservationMajor Program


Total Hours




with Local Stakeholders.



of Multistate Efforts.


Total Number

of Volunteers Engaged.

Program Indicators

Number of families/caregivers reporting supplementing their diets with healthy foods that they preserved (utilizing community or backyard gardens, fishing, hunting, farmers markets)


Number of food preservation program participants reporting increased food preservation knowledge or skills (such as safe preservation techniques for canning, freezing and dehydration; identifying food spoilage; use of proper tools, etc.) 


Number of food preservation program participants who correctly demonstrated recommended food preservation practices (canning, freezing or dehydration)


Number pints of fruits, vegetables or fruit/vegetable products (pickles, jams, jellies, sauces) canned through water bath canning


Number pints of vegetables, soups, meats, or other value-added products canned through pressure canning


Number pints of fruits or vegetables frozen


Number pints of fruits or vegetables food dried



Preserving Produce and Health in Jefferson County

A 2018 report from the Community Foundation of Louisville and the Lift a Life Foundation, found that 44,000 Louisvillians live in food deserts, which have few fresh, healthy food options, and that 20,000 older residents live a mile or more from the nearest supermarket. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control determined that only 8% of adults in Kentucky were meeting the daily recommended fruit intake and only 6.3% were meeting the daily vegetable intake recommendation, lower than the natio...

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Preserving Produce and Health in Jefferson County

Stories Behind the Numbers

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  • Food Preservation Workshops

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  • Food Preservation

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  • Lawrence County Food Preservation Workshop 2018

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