Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette The Grayson County Alliance received a $50,000 donation from The United Way of Central Kentucky. Pictured are (left to right) Cole Whobrey, Bill Oldham, Debbie Childress and Ellen Robinson.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

The Grayson County Alliance received a $50,000 donation from The United Way of Central Kentucky. Pictured are (left to right) Cole Whobrey, Bill Oldham, Debbie Childress and Ellen Robinson.

United Way of Central Kentucky awarded a $50,000 grant to the Grayson County Alliance to support the food pantry on Monday.

A news release from the United Way states that 16 programs serving Grayson County, including the Alliance, were awarded $402,910.

According to UWCK Vice President Cole Whobrey, the agency is excited to be a partner with the Alliance.

"The Alliance is a pillar for our community. They help people up and that's what we stand for. We look forward to a long-term relationship," said Whobrey.

According to Whobrey, UWCK wants to be involved in the community and is looking forward to a great year.

Debbie Childress, Grayson County Alliance director, said, "We are proud to be a funded partner again this year and this partnership is very valuable to help us serve the community."

According to a press release from UWCK, the other programs in Grayson County that received grant money this year include the following:

• Grayson County Schools was given $8,000 to support United Way Born Learning Academies, which engage parents in improving school readiness and provide hygiene products to students in need.

• Circles of Grayson County was given $7,910 to support the start-up of a program to move low-income adults out of poverty through mentoring and wrap-around services.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters was given $50,000 to provide supportive mentoring relationships to at-risk children.

• Central Kentucky Community Action was given $5,000 to help struggling families achieve financial stability through Community Collaboration for Children.

• Feeding America was given $77,000, which includes funding for local students who rely on the Backpack program to keep them from going hungry over the weekend and delivery of produce from the Farms to Foodbanks program.

• Grayson County Ministerial Association was given $10,000 to improve the self-sufficiency of those struggling to meet their basic needs.

• Legal Aid was given $2,500 to provide legal services to help families prevent foreclosure and eviction, be protected from domestic violence, and to put clients back on the path to financial stability through expungement.

• Community Health Clinic was given $70,000 to provide healthcare for the working poor who fall through the cracks in the changing insurance system.

• Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery was given $40,000 to provide counseling to children who have suffered sexual abuse to prevent future mental health and substance abuse which can stem from untreated trauma.

• Spring Haven Domestic Violence Program was given $60,000 to provide safety for the survivors of domestic violence as well as the advocacy, education, and resources needed for them to regain their independence and self-sufficiency.

• Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates was given $22,500 to provide abused and neglected children in the Breckinridge, Grayson and Meade County court system with trained volunteer mentors who advocate for their best interests and help them find safe, permanent, and loving homes.