When someone is hungry, their stomach rumbles with a gnawing feeling. If this physical signal to eat is ignored, the body sends more serious indicators in the form of lightheadedness, headaches, and irritability. For most of us, these symptoms are quickly alleviated by our next meal or a quick snack. It is a temporary state of being.
Now imagine that you’re experiencing hunger, and there is no next meal. There is no quick snack. And you’re not sure when either of those will occur because you just used your last few dollars to put gas in the car, buy diapers, or pay a school fee for your child. What do you do?
This is a reality for thousands of our fellow citizens every day.
At God’s Pantry Food Bank, we believe it’s not acceptable for hundreds of thousands of our neighbors—most of them children and seniors—to go hungry. We aim to provide efficient, effective ways for hungry people to meet their basic food and nutrition needs.
- God’s Pantry Food Bank handles a variety of donated and purchased food items including frozen, refrigerated, and shelf-stable food, as well as select personal care and paper products.
- Sources of food for God’s Pantry Food Bank include the USDA, food manufacturers, local produce growers, community organizations and businesses. Once food arrives at our facility, staff and volunteers sort, repack and store it in our warehouse, which can house up to 2 million pounds of food (Lexington warehouse only).
HOW WE HELP
- The Food Bank’s network of more than 300 member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, are then able to order the food they need from available inventory through an online ordering system. Agencies choose to either pick-up their orders at one of our facilities or pick up from a drop delivery location.
- Through these partnerships, we provide more than 121,400 meals every day for hungry people in Central and Eastern Kentucky across our 50-county service area.
- With agencies that range from after-school sites to senior housing sites, a great deal of the food distributed by the Food Bank ends up on forks of children and seniors. Some of our programs and initiatives target these age groups specifically, to help put food on the tables of our most vulnerable neighbors
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