NKY Night of Worship

On Sunday, August 14, Florence Freedom hosted the first annual NKY Night of Worship featuring Christian music artist Hawk Nelson. A huge thanks to MarkCo Plumbing for donating tickets to us so our staff, volunteers and partners could attend for free. After the baseball game, local pastors prayed for the city and Hawk Nelson performed some of their biggest hits. Wristbands were sold for $5 to gain entrance into the VIP section right in front of the stage, and all proceeds were split between Master Provisions & The Brighton Center. Thanks to those purchases, each organization received $578!

Here are some photos documenting the fun day:

More Than a Handout

Master Provisions provides hygiene bags with toiletries to the KY Career Center & Job Readiness Class. The following is an email we received with stories of those who receive them:

Upon graduation from the Job Readiness Activities class, or in emergency situations, clients receive bags filled with hygiene products.  It would seem logical that clients could afford one deodorant stick, a bar of soap, or a tube of toothpaste, but clients often use all of their funds just to feed, clothe, and support their children.  Emergency assistance funds don’t go very far!  Our clients are desperate for just the most basic items!

New Ten Fe Partnership

Ten Fe means “Have Faith” in Spanish. It’s also an acronym for “The Endeavor for New Futures through Education”, an organization based out of Ft. Mitchell, KY that was started by Julie Luebbers, on of MP’s key volunteers. The organization currently helps provide for 39 orphaned children in Santiago, Guatemala, specifically providing them with the necessary items to attend school and the yearly tuition.

For a child in Guatemala to attend school, the cost for tuition, uniforms and misc. fees is between $250 &

“Go” Saturday

It was a busy Saturday at Master Provisions. We had 2 different groups working in 2 different parts of the warehouse. The first group was with #GoCincinnati.

The #GoCincinnati initiative is organized by Crossroads Church. They deploy volunteers all throughout the area to serve on various projects – landscaping, working with children, preparing meals to be sent to internationally, trash pickup, etc. A group came to MP to help us sort clothing. We collect clothing all year long and distribute it to places locally in NKY and around the world to Honduras, Kosova & Togo. Did you know $1 sends 10 pieces of clothing to someone in need?

Mann Up vs. Poverty 2016

On Saturday, April 30, MP partnered with Mann Elementary for Mann Up vs. Poverty. 3 students & their moms, Cindy O’Hara and MP President, Roger Babik, traveled to Jackson, KY. This area in Breathitt Co. is one of the 5 poorest counties in the US- based on median income.
We worked with the Happy Church. The team worked with 10 students from Breathitt Co. They supervised 30 minutes of reading activities, gave gifts of shoes collected by fellow students at Mann (each child received at least one pair of good, used shoes), shared a meal, and engaged in a 30 minute educational session about poverty in SE Kentucky.

Fast Pitch Finalist

MASTER Provisions is a Fast Pitch Finalist

Will Compete for Over $30,000 in Grants.

John at SVP Jan 2016MASTER Provisions is excited to be one of the eight finalists competing in Social Venture Partners’ Fast Pitch competition! We invite our volunteers, community partners and friends to attend on Wednesday, March 2 at The Phoenix, 812 Race Street in Cincinnati. We are one of eight finalists delivering a fast-paced, three-minute presentation to compete for more than $30,000 in grants in an evening that features “Innovation That Matters”. Audience members will help decide the winners – so your vote counts!

New Board Members

Master Provisions Names New Board Members

Florence, KY–Four new members have joined the Board of Directors of Master Provisions and begin three-year terms of service in January 2016.

The new Board members are:

• Evan Anthony of Hebron, Ky. Evan is principal of EDA Consulting after retiring as Vice President of Marketing, Advertising, Loyalty, and Research with The Kroger Co.
• Michael Hales of Edgewood, Ky. Mike is Chief Financial Officer of Northern Kentucky University after serving as Vice President of Finance for the newspaper division of the E. W .Scripps Co.

MPower Lunch 2015

MPower Lunch 2015 was an amazing success! Many thanks to guest speaker Chuck Mingo of Crossroads for his inspirational message and to Local 12’s own Liz Bonis, who was the event’s wonderful emcee.

With the help of a generous donor who offered a matching gift at the lunch, MPower far exceeded its fundraising goal of $50,000!

The luncheon was November 10, 2015 at The Grand in Covington. A crowd of 250 guests heard Chuck speak about strengthening our hand in God, as well as testimonials from those who receive food, clothing or orphan care through the work of Master Provisions

Thanks to all who attended for their generous gifts and to the 24 event sponsors whose support will be recognized throughout the coming year with a banner hanging in the MP warehouse.


BillAdamsSewingCenter3July2015 005Daniel Kpowbie directs our partnership efforts on behalf of Medical Ambassadors in Togo, West Africa. Our 5 member mission team led by Roger Babik included intern Malika Glover from NKU, Cindy Nelson, Nicole Sunkel and Tanya Babik.


Trip Highlight #1 – Dedication of the Bill Adams Sewing Center in Lome

Bill had led efforts to collect clothes/shoes, bicycles and sewing machines at Southern Hts Chr Ch in Lebanon, MO, for the last 13 years of his life. Instead of a funeral service, he wanted to donate those funds to build a sewing center in Lome,

14th Annual Golf Outing

DoleLogoOur 14th Annual Golf Event became our 1st one named in honor of the late Larry Nelson. 20 foursomes joined us on Sat., Sept 12 at Lassing Pointe Golf Course, Union, KY. We enjoyed a pulled pork lunch ahead of time courtesy of Smokin’ This and That at Union Baptist Church. Much thanks to the great hospitality provided by UBC and their worship pastor, Arnie Forman.

A little rain and unseasonably cool temperatures did not stop the work to raise over $34,000 for the Nelson SAVE Center (New 1,500 square foot learning and service center to be built inside MP’s Borland Family Distribution Center once funds are raised)

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