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Impressive start for food bank's London distribution center

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

LONDON, Ky (WYMT) - It is that time of year again! A time when most of us are getting ready for big holiday meals and feeling full.
But not everyone is so lucky.

God's Pantry Food Bank just opened a new distribution center in London and they are hoping to help make sure we all have something to eat this Christmas.

It is not always easy to put a face on hunger. But CEO of God's Pantry Food Bank Marian Guinn knows it impacts more than you think.

"I am continually amazed at the strength of our low income citizens who deal with a tremendous amount of difficulty and adversity and yet, keep on trucking on," said Guinn.

In order to help ease the burden, Guinn said her organization opened the distribution center to get food in the hands of those in need as soon as possible. Since the center opened its doors earlier this month, staff tell us they have already distributed more than three times the number of products they would have been able to without it.

"Honestly, it has gone better than we even could have imagined," said Guinn.

For warehouse coordinator Robert Baker, he said working for such a good cause is rewarding.

"On a personal level, it has been a great blessing for me," said Baker.

In just nine days, they have given out nearly 130,000 pounds of food. And much of it fresh produce and daily necessities like bread and water.

"That is the biggest thing. I feel like it is a mission for me. I give back to communities in different areas in southeastern Kentucky," said Baker.

Guinn tells WYMT her organization is always looking for help in their efforts. She adds that something as small as donating canned food can go a long way.

"It is a simple act. It is a fairly simple gesture. It does not take a huge commitment on the part of someone's budget or time but it can truly make an incredible difference to a family in need," said Guinn.

The Southeast Region Distribution Center services 11 counties, including: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle and Whitley counties.

Guinn said if you would like to help her organization in their efforts, you can visit their website: www.godspantry.org.


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