HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - WYMT is starting a new partnership with God's Pantry Food Bank that will help feed the hungry in our communities.
God's Pantry Food Bank serves 50 counties in central and eastern Kentucky, and officials say they feed one out of every seven people in those counties.
"Throughout the past three years, we are seeing folks who never envisioned needing assistance having to enter a pantry and ask for help," said CEO Marian Guinn.
Rebecca Wallace with God's Pantry Food Bank adds, "We go to the grocery store, we go get our hair cut, we go get our oil change, and what we don't realize is that those people who are working those jobs are people who later that day have to go visit a pantry."
But WYMT and God's Pantry Food Bank are teaming up to help the hungry in our coverage area. Starting the first of next year boxes will be placed in area grocery stores for you to donate.
"We like to have them in grocery stores to serve as a reminder as folks go in to pick up a few extra items while you here and drop them off on your way out," said Wallace.
Although God's Pantry Food Bank is located in Lexington, the food that you donate will stay right in your community helping those who need it most.
"Mountain people are always giving and always sticking together. This is chance for us to help each other," said WYMT Station Manager Jim Boggs.
And now, you will be able to donate year round to a problem that just doesn't exist around the holidays.
"There are real people who need this help and will benefit from your generosity," said Guinn.
And officials say your donations are needed to help fill up area food pantries that are struggling this year.