Harriett B. Porter Culinary Institute celebration honors healthy congregations


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Approximately 20 predominantly African-American churches were honored Saturday, Jan. 21, at “A Celebration of Healthy Congregations,” an event recognizing the participating congregations in the Harriett B. Porter Culinary Institute, a training program for kitchen ministries to encourage healthier eating. The event was held at Winston’s Restaurant at Sullivan University, which hosts the training sessions.

    Sponsored by the Kentucky Cancer Program at the University of Louisville and James Graham Brown Cancer Center, the Harriett B. Porter Culinary Institute is funded by the Harriett B. Porter Education and Research Endowment. Harriett Porter, a cancer survivor, reached out to African Americans throughout Louisville who had been diagnosed with this life-threatening disease. The endowment was established after her death in 2004 by her husband Woodford Porter and their family.

    Participating churches included: Bates Memorial Baptist, Broadway Temple AME, Canaan Christian, Coke Memorial, Community Empowerment Church, Facts of Faith, Faith Memorial Baptist, First Baptist Anchorage, First Gethsemane Baptist, Forest Tabernacle, Greater Galilee, Marrs Memorial Baptist Church, More Than Conquerors Christian Church, New Zion Baptist, North Street Baptist, Oak Grove, Sure Foundation Ministry, Tabernacle of Praise and Taylor Town AME Zion.

    Joy Billiops and Aimee Webb, granddaughters of Harriett Porter, joined in the event with staff from the Kentucky Cancer Program and Sullivan University.

    Jill Scoggins is Director of Communications at UofL's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She has been at UofL since 2010.