More than 4,300 Fayette County Families Received Thanksgiving boxes from God’s Pantry Food Bank
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2017 installment of God’s Pantry Food Bank’s Sharing Thanksgiving program has wrapped up with great success. The program that began in 1994 provides boxes of traditional Thanksgiving meal items, plus a large turkey and other non-perishable items that recipient families can prepare in their own homes. This year, more than 4,300 boxes were distributed.
While God’s Pantry Food Bank has been the host of this special distribution for 24 years, it is only possible because of the collaborative efforts of many in the community. The food is purchased using donated funds from thousands of financial donors. The non-perishable items are then packed by approximately 350 participants at the annual Basket Brigade presented by PNC Bank. Distribution began on Saturday with 150 volunteers from Immanuel Baptist, Imani Baptist, and Highlands Baptist Churches delivering nearly 500 boxes to individuals who are unable to pick-up. Then the bulk of the boxes and turkeys were distributed at Southland Christian Church’s Richmond Road campus with the help of more than 400 volunteers including members of Southland, Broadway Christian Church, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Food Bank volunteers and PNC staff.
Mike Halligan, God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO stated, “Families gather on Thanksgiving to pause from the hectic pace of life and to reflect on their many blessings. Imagine the pain of hunger at a table with no food to share. Sharing Thanksgiving helps deliver hope. We are thankful for the donors and volunteers who have extended their hand, making a difference in the lives of many as we each give thanks for our blessings.”
This program is limited to Fayette County residents, and referrals were made by multiple social workers and social service organizations such as Community Action Council, Adult Social Services, and school family resource directors.