Toyota helps God’s Pantry with food boxes
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Employees at the Toyota plant in Georgetown recently pitched in to help God’s Pantry Food Bank as they work to fight food insecurity during Hunger Action Month.
During scheduled production downtime on Monday, Sept. 20 and Tuesday, Sept. 21, employees put together more than 4,000 food boxes that are expected to feed nearly 2,000 families across the state.
The Kentucky National Guard had been helping God’s Pantry since May 2020 assembling the food boxes. With the guard now helping hospitals fight COVID-19, Toyota Kentucky decided to help fill its place.
“Toyota has a strong commitment to our community and one of the things we are always looking to do is give back,” said Susan Elkington, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. “This is part of what Toyota is; it’s the heart of our company.”
God’s Pantry serves more than 50 counties in Kentucky and has distributed 41.8 million pounds of food in the fiscal year 2021.
“About a quarter-million people are food insecure across central and eastern Kentucky,” said Michael Halligan, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank. “Toyota’s help to assemble a one-month supply of food boxes could not have come at a better time to make sure we’re getting food into the community where it’s needed most.”
This is the latest in Toyota’s philanthropic efforts. Previously, employees helped assemble more than 3,000 duffle bags for displaced children and 3,000 emergency preparedness kits working with the United Way of the Bluegrass.