ASAP Celebrates Families Eating Together

AC-ASAP Board Chair Diana Shaffner

It was celebration time last Tuesday for the Anderson County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) Board as members, joined by community families and local officials, held a celebration dinner at Anderson Christian Church in Lawrenceburg.

The celebration event, hosted by ASAP, marked the end of the two-month Anderson County Eats Together Project that focused on raising awareness of substance use issues and to strengthen the community’s families.  The project encouraged families to eat together at least 3 meals each week for eight weeks in a fun and focused way, while encouraging families to continue eating together afterwards.

The eats together project was a creative campaign that worked to lessen some of the problems that busy lifestyles can affect the way family members interact and cope with stress.  Studies have found that when families eat together, there is a reduction in drug and substance abuse, dysfunctional relationships, and more.  It helps build positive personal, social, and academic development for children and adults.

The Culinary Cats of Anderson County High School, under the direction of Jessica Harley, cooked and catered the evening’s celebratory meal for ASAP.  Prizes from a drawing were awarded to families in attendance.

The Anderson County ASAP Board, created in April 2012, works to address youth and adult drug and substance abuse. They hold a vision to promote the reduction of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use through working with other organizations as well as creating events and projects inspired to stop drug use. They work with schools, law enforcement, businesses, health department, and other key organizations in the community to implement a community-wide prevention program.

To learn more about ASAP of Anderson County and its work, visit the Board’s Facebook page or contact its Coordinator, Donna Crain Drury, at (502) 517-1938 or at

-Written by Donna Crain Drury.  Photos by David Harding.

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