LONDON, Ky. (WYMT)- People in southeastern Kentucky who struggle to pay for food now have a new resource to help them.
Officials with God's Pantry Food Bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to dedicate their new distribution center in Laurel County.
"It's going to serve probably an 11-county area of southeastern Kentucky," CEO Marian Guinn said. "It will really help God's Pantry Food Bank get more food out to our member agencies and ultimately to people in need in this area."
The building is located on East Fourth Street in London.
Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., who was on hand for the ceremony, said, "The different organizations that actually deliver the food will be able to come here very handily on this good highway system that centers on London. It will make their job so much easier to not have to set a scheduled time to be here, but they can come anytime Monday through Friday."
Food bank officials said they hope the new center in London sees as much success as the one in Prestonsburg.
"The nine counties that surround the Prestonsburg distribution center are the nine best served counties in our 50-county service area," Board of Directors President Cheryl James said. "So I say we need to replicate that in the counties that surround this distribution center, as well."
The new facility features a freezer that can hold up to 48 pallets of food. That translates to more than 90,000 pounds of food.
Officials hope to have the new facility fully operational by early December.
Story from 6/15/13:
Laurel County is the site of a new food distribution center.
God's pantry food bank bought a warehouse building on Fourth Street in London. The 10,000 square foot building will hold food and supplies for the Kentucky food bank's network to ease hunger statewide.
Now, God's Pantry food bank is working to make the warehouse safe for food
Those renovations will most likely be done by the end of the summer.