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God's Pantry Food Bank distribution center gets upgrades

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - It is an expansion project officials say they've been working on for several years.

Coordinator at the Prestonsburg distribution, Debbie Amburgey says, "Our coolers before did the job, but these are wonderful!"

The upgrades will increase freezer capacity from 10 pallets to 40 pallets of food and the cooler capacity will increase from 5 pallets to 18 pallets.

Marian Guinn, CEO of God's Pantry Food Bank explains, "The expansion will allow us to move more fresh and fozen food throughout this warehouse and everyone can understand the value to an individual's health of eating fresh foods."

Officials with God's Pantry Food Bank say the Prestonsburg location has been open for 25 years and with the upgrades they will be able to serve the region better than ever before.

God's Pantry Food Bank currently serves one in seven people in Central and Eastern Kentucky. Officials say that is possible due to support from the community and donation drives like WYMT's Mountain Harvest Food Drive.

Guinn says, "Foods that are generated or donated in a local area stay in that local area and go to one of our agencies. So I encourage you whenever you see a Mountain Harvest Food Drive box, to be generous to help those who are struggling today in your community, your neighbors."

Officials say one out of every four people is at the risk of being hungry in the Eastern Kentucky region.

The Prestonsburg distribution center serves more than 70 nonprofit organizations in the region.

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