Big crowd turns out for food boxes, another date Friday in Georgetown

Volunteers busy at Monday mornings food distribution/Erica Bivens, WTVQ ABC 36

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – A big crowd showed up Monday morning for Amen House’s  ‘Farmers to Families Food Box’ distribution Monday morning. It continues until 3 p.m. or until food runs out.

Thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Scott County was selected as a recipient of what’s called the ‘Farmers to Food Bank Box.’ It helps farmers who normally get food out to restaurants and schools, but have been halted due to the pandemic, send out ‘blessings’ to those who need it most.

The Georgetown/Scott County Amen House had 1,250 food boxes to distribute, each weighing 30 pounds. Cars lined up to get into the City Parking Lot at the corner of Washington and Broadway, behind City Hall.

Some walk-up traffic also kept volunteers busy.

“Volunteering to feed the people who really need it in this county and community, it’s wonderful,” said volunteer Kathy Zazycki.

Michele Carlisle, Executive Director at The Amen House, said when they got the call from the USDA about a food drop, it was an easy decision to accept.

“The Amen House is all about fighting hunger every single day of the week,” said Carlisle.

And with the pandemic, Carlisle says the need has only grown.

“We have just seen a substantial rise in the middle of this pandemic with people reaching out to The Amen House for food,” said Carlisle.

About 40 volunteers working in shifts made the day possible, including students from the Scott County school system, Georgetown Police who directed traffic, and Amen House volunteers.

“Everybody says thank you and God bless. Every single car. They’re so appreciative,” said Zazycki.

“I’m a single mom of two kids. So, it means a lot,” said Chasity Baires. “All these volunteers are out here in the rain, helping these families, it’s great.”

“This is amazing for Georgetown to do this. And this is why I love this city,” added Arron Burnett.

Another distribution will be Friday, March 23 at Southland Christian Church at 140 Amerson Way in Georgetown. It starts at 9 a.m. and goes until the 400 boxes are given out.

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