"We have a lot of people that come in that are just so grateful that something like this is here and a lot of them say I don't know what I would do without you," says Victoria Murphy with Harvesting Hope Food Pantry.
For one in six Kentuckians, hunger is a reality. In 2010 in the Commonwealth, more than 790,000 people were living in poverty. Nearly 5,000 people fell into that category last year in Boyle County alone, according to the US Census Bureau. And, the Harvesting Hope Food Pantry in Danville is trying to help feed the hungry there.
"In November, we served 1,423 people and that's just Boyle County residents," explains Murphy.
Recently, another food pantry in Boyle County closed. As a result, Harvesting Hope has seen an increase in demand and it's in need of donations.
"We always need more food, more no-perishable items; breads, sweets, vegetables, fruits, those seem to be the hot commodities. Eggs, milk, cheese, we're constantly out of those because they're just expensive," comments Murphy.
And it's not just food that's needed.
"We're in need of the toiletry items. The toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, razors, deodorants, those kind of things," says Murphy.
For more information on how you can help Harvesting Hope Food Pantry, go to their website www.harvestinghopeky.org