Social Services

COVID-19 (coronavirus) information

Food Assistance

God's Pantry Food Bank is working to distribute millions of pounds of food throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky. With confirmed cases of coronavirus, God's Pantry needs help feeding our hungry neighbors. Currently, operations are continuing and their trucks are traveling their routes to deliver nutritious food to the more than 400 food pantries and meal programs they support. God's Pantry Food Bank is in need of donations. Learn more about how you can help.  

Families in Fayette County who need help should call (859) 259-2308 or visit to find the closest site. Eligibility is based on current income and household size.

Also, Nourish Lexington has been formed to utilize recently unemployed hospitality and service industry staff to help provide prepared meal for those needing immediate access to food. Visit Nourish Lexington's website for more information. 


Social Services operates four core divisions providing an array of multi–generational services, from the “cradle to the rocking chair.” The department also supports collaborative efforts with an existing network of local non-profit organizations and human services agencies.

  • Aging & Disability Services
  • Community & Resident Services
  • Family Services
  • Youth Services

Opioid Misuse Resource & Needs Assessment

Download the 2018 Opioid Needs Assessment

The Substance Use Disorder Intervention Program, in consultation with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, recently published the Opioid Misuse Resource & Needs Assessment. The assessment was designed to:

  • characterize impacts on health and behavioral health providers, first responders, and other services
  • identify the strengths of the service delivery system in response to the opioid epidemic
  • identify unmet needs or barriers to accessing available resources for individuals who misuse opioids

Extended Social Resources Grant Program

COACH Fellowship


Partners of Youth announces their 2020-2021 “I DO” school year program list

Partners for Youth announces 2020-2021 "I DO" school year program list.

Community & Resident Services is new name for resource programs within Social Services

A service division within Lexington’s Department of Social Services has officially been renamed to Community & Resident Services, effective July 1, 2020.

Social Services cancels summer programs for seniors and teens due to COVID-19

The City has announced the cancellation of this summer’s Senior Intern Program and Summer Youth Job Training Program.