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Agave & Rye starts “Gloves on Hand” program for healthcare workers

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Agave & Rye, located in Fayette Mall, has started a program to help provide personal protective equipment or PPE to those who need it the most.

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The tequila and bourbon hall located known best for their epic tacos launched a campaign that encourages Kentucky area restaurants and bars to donate their unused latex gloves to the healthcare industry.

The campaign asks restaurateurs to donate, but anyone who has an excess supply of latex gloves can do so. There are multiple donation drop-off sites throughout Kentucky. When submitting the details of a donation on the website, people can request a more convenient site to drop-off donations.

“Our core values at Agave & Rye are to first take care of our employees and create experiences for our guests, but also to give back to our communities. Not only in a crisis, but every day we think about how to do that so the idea was never too far reaching,” says Yavonne Sarber, founder of Agave & Rye.

Lexington’s Agave & Rye’s location at Fayette Mall is temporarily shut down, but Sarber says there are plans to reopen in Lexington for carryout soon.

Agave & Rye
Photo by Megan McCardwell/SG

At the beginning of the in-person restaurant suspension, all four Agave & Rye locations were closed and several layoffs were made. Since then, Covington has been reopened for carryout and Louisville will reopen on Wednesday, April 8.

“This is a very practical way to help the food service industry to rise up and give back, despite the challenges so many of us are facing. We still have latex gloves to contribute, and encouraging others gives us the hope that we need to survive this terrible dilemma.”

Gloves on Hand will run through Friday, May 15. The Lexington donation site is at Baptist Health Lexington on Nicholasville Road.


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