LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Every September God’s Pantry Food Bank along with Feeding America and the network of food banks around the nation stand together to fight hunger.
The month is known as Hunger Action Month, and it’s a month to spread the word, take action, and dedicate ourselves to finding a solution to this hunger crisis.
The Food Bank kicked off Hunger Action Month a little early by joining Feeding Kentucky, the other Kentucky state food banks and Gov. Andy Beshear to place flags at the state capitol.
Each flag represents more than 250 individuals who are food insecure in Kentucky. Visit the capitol this month to see the installation in person.
September has ways for the public to take action and support the Food Bank:
More Than Just a Meal sponsored by Traditional Bank: Taste of the Bluegrass would be nothing without the fabulous food and beverage makers that provide their sweet and savory offerings year after year – they have made Lexington’s longest-running tasting event possible for 40 years! While we hope to bring back our signature event in 2022, we once again offer you the opportunity to support both the local restaurant and beverage community and God’s Pantry Food Bank with More Than Just a Meal.
Each ticket purchase includes a $50 tax deductible donation to the Food Bank, Five $10 gift cards to use at participating restaurants and breweries, and entry to win admission to next year’s Taste of the Bluegrass.
Participating restaurants and breweries: Blue Stallion Brewing Company, Bru Burger Bar, Castle Farms at the Kentucky Castle, Chicken Salad Chick, Country Boy Brewing, Daughters’ Southern, Drake’s, Ethereal Brewing, Fairyhouse Hall, Harry’s, Holly Hill Inn, Honeywood, Howard’s Creek Authentic Beer Cheese, Inebriated Baker, Joella’s Hot Chicken, Mi Pequeña Hacienda, Malone’s, Midway Bakery & Café, Nothing Bundt Cakes, OBC Kitchen, Pivot Brewing, Ranada’s Kitchen, Rock House Brewing, Sedona Taphouse, Smithtown Seafood, Wallace Station, Wild Thyme Catering & Events, Windy Corner Market, and Zim’s Café. Buy a ticket, enjoy great food and drinks, and help feed the community. Purchase your ticket at www.godspantryfoodbank.org/morethanjustameal.
Virtual Food Drive: Fill your cart, check out and your donation is complete! That’s the ease of a virtual food drive – you don’t have to leave your home. This Hunger Action Month we have set a goal of $20,000, which would be enough for the Food Bank to provide 160,000 meal for kids & teens, families and seniors in Central and Eastern Kentucky. Want to make it a little more fun? Create a team and start a competition among your coworkers, family and friends. www.godspantryfoodbank.org/HungerActionMonth
Hunger Action Day: This year Hunger Action Day takes place on September 17. This day is set aside to recognize hunger in our community, and what we each can do to make a difference. Food shouldn’t be an impossible choice, but it is for far too many neighbors. Visit www.map.feedingamerica.org to find your county, and see the statistics. Watch for announcements for how we plan to recognize that day, and what we have coming in the future to fight hunger. Also, do not forget to wear your orange!
The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger by working together to feed Kentucky communities. Working through more than 450 food pantries and meal programs the Food Bank serves 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky.
God’s Pantry Food Bank distributed nearly 41.8 million pounds of food to nearly 200,000 individuals, including more than 12 million pounds of fresh produce in fiscal year 2021.