We are very blessed to have the support of many generous people in this important work, people who believe it is unacceptable that children, families and senior citizens in our own community should go hungry. However, even with that generous support, we are concerned about meeting the needs being presented to us this year. We continue to see more and more new faces entering food pantries for the first time ever, and we must get additional support in order to meet all of the needs of our broad community.
While the Food Bank is serving more clients and agencies than ever in its 60-year history, hunger is not diminishing; and with the upcoming winter months and two-week break from school, families living on the margins will struggle to pay their heating bills and feed their school-aged children during the holiday break. The need is great, and unfortunately financial contributions are not keeping pace.
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, of Central and Eastern Kentucky, are uncertain how they will feed their families over the coming weeks.
We work very hard to increase our food distribution each year to our more than 400 programs, but with rising need and financial resources not rising at the same pace, the task of closing the gap on hunger is becoming more and more difficult.
Please, help us close the gap and feed more families now and throughout the coming year.
There are many ways to give back this holiday season and help feed hungry families in our communities. We are grateful for any form of donation we receive. At the Food Bank though we can make dollars stretch further and feed more families than buying food at your grocery store. For every $10 donation God’s Pantry Food Bank can distribute enough food for 82 meals.
To make a secure online donation, click here.
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.