Need overwhelming supply at God’s Pantry Food Bank
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The God’s Pantry Food Bank is asking the community to help people in need as the year draws to a close.
The Food Bank says financial donations are flat but demand for service is on the rise, with record numbers of people visiting its Fayette County food pantries since late summer and 1,155 new client families since July 1.
“We are very blessed to have the support of so many generous people in this community and across Central and Eastern Kentucky,” said Marian Guinn, the Food Bank’s CEO. “However, even with that generous support, we are concerned about meeting the needs presented to us this year. We continue to see more and more new faces entering a food pantry for the first time and we need additional support in order to meet the needs of this region.”
New data released this fall from Feeding America indicates that the number of food insecure households has risen – currently more than 265,000 individuals in the Food Bank’s 50-county service area are uncertain how they will feed their families over the coming weeks.
The Food Bank works to increase its distribution each year, but with rising need and financial resources that are not rising at the same pace, the task of closing the gap is becoming more and more difficult.
God’s Pantry Food Bank distributes food to a network of more than 400 programs that includes food pantries, shelters, after-school programs and soup kitchens. These programs are designed to assist low-income households throughout 50 Central and Eastern Kentucky counties.
For every $10 donation, God’s Pantry Food Bank can provide food for 82 meals.
To make a secure online donation, visit www.godspantryfoodbank.org. Donations can also be made via mail to God’s Pantry Food Bank, 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY, 40511 or by calling 859-255-6592.