Food pantry set up for furloughed Blue Grass Airport employees

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Scott Lanter set up a food pantry for furloughed employees at the Blue Grass Airport.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Blue Grass Airport employee is lending a hand to his co-workers who are furloughed during the partial government shutdown.

Scott Lanter, the director of Public Safety and Operations at the Blue Grass Airport, set up a community food pantry at the airport.

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There are around 100 federal employees at the airport, including TSA, airport tower, and U.S. Customs employees.

Many have been working without pay but Lanter says, despite that, there haven’t been many employees missing work.

“You can see it wears on them. They just have a look and, the only way to describe, it is despair and they’re frightened. I couldn’t stand to walk past it and not do something,” says Lanter.



Lanter says donations of canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, cereals, snack items, along with cleaning supplies and hygiene products, are needed.

For small donations, you can park in short-term parking and drop off items at the main entrance of the Blue Grass Airport.

For larger donations, call (859) 494-6243 so someone can meet you.

Donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.