Area food banks helping learn about hunger in KY

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HUEYSVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - A food pantry in Knott County serves dozens of families each month who need help putting food on the table.

The Saltlick Food Pantry in Hueysville handed out more than 60 boxes of food Thursday.

Cars were lined up well before the pickup officially began at 11am.

Marian Guinn is the CEO of God's Pantry Food Bank and is working with the center to survey people suffering from hunger.

She said her team is utilizing new technology, like tablets, to get more accurate answers for why locals have trouble coming up with enough food each month.

"It gives us a lot of information about what is happening that is causing people to be in need," said Guinn.

She said they then share that information with local pantries like Saltlick to help them better serve the community.

"We share this information with our member agencies like the one that we're at today so that they can use that in their fundraising," said Guinn.

Locals said they appreciate what the organization is trying to do.

Grover Fugate gets a box of food each month from the Hueysville food bank and said he is not the only one to benefit.

"It helps me and a lot more people," said Fugate.

He said recent layoffs have made the problem of hunger even worse.

"There's a lot of people in this country that do not have no money now," said Fugate.

Guinn said her team hopes to change that soon.

Once they have all their data collected from the surveys, Guinn said her organization will work with legislators to push for reforms.

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