“It’s about reaching out, lifting up.” Food drive serves Lexington’s West End

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – After 13 months, the economy continues to show signs of shaking off the impact of the coronavirus, but thousands across the region continue to suffer. That was evident as 400 food boxes were handed out quickly in a distribution at First African Baptist Church in Lexington.

Pastor Jesse Morris of Inner-city Breakthrough Ministries said passing out food is a small part of his larger mission – helping Kentuckians grows spiritually, mentally and physically.

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We don’t want to just give you the food box; we also want to let you know it’s a blessing from God,” Morris said. “It’s about reaching out, lifting up, and making them one again.”

Morris asked First African Baptist Church to host Friday’s food drive.

“Definitely. It was a one word answer. Yes, definitely. When can we do it? When can we help,” Monique Gilliam-Avery, First African Baptist Church’s Matthew’s Place Community Kitchen Meal Coordinator said.

She said it was a nice addition to several community programs and food drives the church already runs. In the last year, churches everywhere have seen the need for services grow.

“It all just goes back to being the church of the community for the hearts of the community,” Gilliam-Avery said.

Friday’s drive also saw some residents of Ferrell Square Apartments, a complex owned by First African.

Pam Martin is one of the people who live there.

“It makes me feel good that we can come together as one and help one another and don’t have to look down on one another,” Martin said.

She said that’s always important, but especially now because we’re not quite out of the woods of the pandemic.

“Because you never know what situation you’re going to be in the next day- the next time it might be you wanting food,” Martin said.

With more than 8,000 boxes given out in less than two months, Morris said it’s not over. He said the group will pop up again somewhere in Lexington next week.