Caring Transitions’ Donation to Help Launch Meal Program for Young Seniors

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Young seniors in Lexington will soon have access to delivered meals, groceries and mentoring thanks in part to a donation from Lea Nugent and Caring Transitions of Greater Lexington.

From left: Connor VanMeter, Kendra Oo, Jada DuClair, Walter Brown, Lea Nugent, Kelly McIntyre, Dr. Sandra Bastin, Christina Nolan.

Young seniors in Lexington will soon have access to delivered meals, groceries and mentoring thanks in part to a donation from Lea Nugent and Caring Transitions of Greater Lexington.

Nugent just donated $1,200 to The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky to be used as start-up money for the budding organization’s program for adults ages 50 to 59 in need of meals, groceries and dietary mentoring.

“We hope this program will provide the older adults with the confidence and nutrition knowledge to support themselves. The money donated by Caring Transitions will support this program. The donation is greatly appreciated; we are so thankful for the support of all of our community partners for this important work. Creating relationships with businesses, such as Caring Transitions, will allow The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky to provide more meals and programs to the city of Lexington residents who are food insecure. In addition, the project empowers college students to be involved and active in their community in a meaningful way,” said The Campus Kitchens at the University of Kentucky Founder and President Walter Brown, a sophomore dietetics student.

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families as well as downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market. The money donated was raised through Caring Transitions of Greater Lexington’s Christmas Charity auction.

“When we are helping seniors and their families with estates, we sometimes ask them if they want to donate their nicer holiday items to our Christmas Charity auction. Generally you just can’t make money off holiday items, especially if you’re downsizing in June. People are usually pleased to be involved because the money raised at the auction goes to a local non-profit. This year, we chose The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky as the recipient of the proceeds,” Nugent said.

“I promoted The Campus Kitchen on my Facebook as they were trying to launch at the University of Kentucky this fall. I like to donate to organizations that touch the lives of seniors and I hope that this donation will help get their young senior program off the ground. I’m excited that we can help make a difference,” she added.

This is the second year for the Christmas Charity auction, which involves a Cash-n-Carry Store in October and an online auction through the Caring Transitions auction site in November. Nugent is looking forward to continuing and expanding the Christmas auction in the future. Caring Transitions of Greater Lexington serves Lexington, Versailles, Frankford, Nicholasville, Georgetown, Richmond, Winchester and the surrounding communities.

“We appreciate being part of the community and we want to help people whenever we can. This Christmas Charity auction is our way of raising money for a good cause right here in Lexington,” Nugent said. Anyone who would like to donate their nicer Christmas items to next year’s auction, please contact Caring Transitions at 859-543-9848 or LNugent(at)CaringTransitions(dot)net.

Whether your situation is planned or unexpected, Caring Transitions’ services are perfect for busy families, seniors moving in with family or into a safer living situation, or families clearing out the home of a loved one who has passed.

The Campus Kitchens Project is a national network of 42 schools that was been operating since 2001. Since 2006, the project has recovered more than 3.6 million pounds of food and provided 2.2 million meals. The chapter at the University of Kentucky just launched in early November.

“All schools within the network have the same basic aim of recovering excess food that would otherwise have gone to waste both on campus and off campus. Schools affiliated with the CKP repurpose the recovered food and donate it to local organizations. The basic mantra is we can empower students and the community as a whole with food,” Brown said.

Brown said The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky is a student-driven organization housed in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition with the support of the staff and faculty. The Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition has been working to create a Campus Kitchen at University of Kentucky for the last nine years and it has taken a lot of support from several staff members all over campus including faculty advisor Dr. Tammy Stephenson and Director of the School of Human Environmental Sciences Dr. Ann Vail.

Caring Transitions is a trusted and highly respected national company leading the way in senior relocation, household liquidations and estate sale management in more than 150 locations across the United States.

For additional information about Caring Transitions and to learn how the company can help you and your family, call (859)543-9848, email, or visit, and

About Caring Transitions
Caring Transitions, founded in 2006, is the first national franchising concept specializing in senior relocation and transition services. With 150 locations throughout the United States all owned and operated by Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists, Caring Transitions provides clients with supportive moves, auctions, rightsizing and transitions. This includes expert advice plus a well-executed transition plan beginning with the initial sorting of personal belongings through packing, shipping and selling of items to the final clearing and cleaning of the property. For more information, visit or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

Caring Transitions is part of Strategic Franchising Systems. It is a member of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

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