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LEXINGTON, Ky. – This Saturday, February 6th, select Kroger stores in Lexington will be hosting God’s Pantry Food Bank volunteers for the annual “Souperbowl of Caring” food drive.  The event aims to raise awareness of hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky, during the time when food and gatherings for the big game are plentiful.

The average cost for a 30 second commercial in the Super Bowl is around four million dollars.  “With four million dollars, God’s Pantry Food Bank could provide more than 19 million meals to families in need.”  Says God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO, Marian Guinn.  She continues, “When Central and Eastern Kentuckians are gathering this weekend to cheer on their favorite team and prepare with a little grocery shopping, we’re hoping that they will pick up a few extra items at checkout to donate, or donate cash by using the “Check Out Hunger” coupons in Kroger stores. We are hoping to fill all three blue barrels at each participating Kroger location with canned food donations this Saturday.”

God’s Pantry Food Bank is asking the public to visit one of the participating Kroger stores on Saturday, February 6th, between 10am and 4pm and pick up a few extra canned food items, and drop the donations in the blue barrels provided at store exits.  The list of participating Lexington Kroger stores are as follows; Beaumont Centre, Richmond Rd, Tates Creek, W. Lowry Lane, & Euclid.

The Food Bank operates four pantries in Lexington and the food donated from Food Drives like the “Souperbowl of Caring” goes directly into the Fayette County pantries for local families in need.  The donations add a variety of options for clients to choose from and supplement the food in their cupboards at home.  The most needed items include canned soups, canned proteins, vegetables and fruits.

All Kroger stores in Lexington will also offer their regular donation program to the Food Bank “Check Out Hunger”, which is an easy way to donate through prominently displayed scan-able coupons for $1, $2, or $5 at check-out. Should shoppers visit a Kroger not listed as one of the “Souperbowl of Caring” stores, they are encouraged to still use the “Check out Hunger” coupons, or drop canned food donations into the blue barrels that are at all Kroger stores in Lexington, 7 days a week.

For more information on the “Souperbowl of Caring” and for information on how to donate to God’s Pantry Food Bank anytime, visit www.GodsPantryFoodBank.org.

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