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God’s Pantry Food Bank Coordinates COVID-19 Response to Reduce Hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky
News Release by God's Pantry Food Bank:
God’s Pantry Food Bank is rapidly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by safely providing food to families through a network of 400 food pantry and meal programs. Last week, the Food Bank saw a 35% increase for food assistance across our 50 county service area. In Fayette county needs increased 50% in the past 8 days. God’s Pantry Food Bank is committed to providing the critical services required to help feed those who face food insecurity, including many who are now at risk of hunger for the first time.
The Food Bank expects that needs will continue to increase. We have and will adapt our food acquisition and distribution methods to ensure a safe food supply while focusing on healthy interaction will every individual. Social distancing protocols are in place for recipients, volunteers, and staff. Food rescue and donation procedures have been modified. New volunteer sources have been identified. Additional quantities of product have been purchased to complement typical sources, such as grocery store donations and government commodities. Our goal is to obtain and rapidly distribute adequate inventories to ensure those who need food can get food.
Some examples of efforts already underway:
Packed the first 4,500 food boxes of a planned 10,000 in partnership with the City of Lexington
Delivered 25 truckloads of food and groceries to locations throughout a 50-county service area
Ordered 10 truckloads of food above and beyond typical levels to accommodate growing need
Received commitments of $125,000, including $40,000 from the Blue Grass Community Foundation and the United Way of the Bluegrass to help fund initial response efforts
Deployed staff members to cover some distribution points previously managed by volunteers
Recruited more volunteers to help with pantry distribution and food rescue efforts in Fayette and contiguous counties
Expanded appointment availability and increased hours of operation at pantries
Continued BackPack distribution and supported School Pantry sites that remain open
Our response efforts have just begun. The work before God’s Pantry Food Bank, the non-profit partners we support, and families we serve is daunting. We are fully committed to do that work. The Food Bank estimates our initial response to COVID-19 will require $750,000 in funds to provide 3 to 4 weeks of the additional food assistance needed by those who are facing hunger during this critical time. To donate or to learn more about God’s Pantry Food Bank please go to our web site at www.godspantryfoodbank.org.
If you need help:
In Fayette County call 859-259-2308 to set up a pantry appointment to pick a supply of food. Outside of Fayette County, visit https://godspantry.org/help/ to find the pantry closest to you.
If you can help:
If you are able to make a financial gift to address this increase in demand, you may make a donation online at https://godspantry.org/donate/. Checks may be mailed to 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY, 40511.
If you would like to add your name to our COVID-19 volunteer pool in Fayette County, please email email@example.com. The Food Bank will reach out to COVID-19 volunteers as specific opportunities arise.
About God’s Pantry Food Bank
The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources. Partnering through more than 400 food pantries and meal programs the Food Bank serves 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky distributing $100 worth of food for every $10 donated. Last year, God’s Pantry Food Bank and its partner agencies distributed more than 39.7 million pounds of groceries to more than 190,000 individuals, including 13.8 million pounds of fresh produce. For more information visit us at www.godspantryfoodbank.org