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Donations Not Keeping Pace with Record Demand for Emergency Food Assistance

LEXINGTON, Ky. – God’s Pantry Food Bank is serving more clients and agencies than ever in its 56-year history and the need is certainly not diminishing as families living on the margins struggle to pay their heating bill during winter, feed their school-aged children during the holiday break and generally live day-to-day not knowing where they will find their next meal.

God’s Pantry Food Bank is asking the community to reach out to help these people in need. Financial giving, while not down from last year, is flat, while demand for service continues to rise. The Food Bank has seen record numbers of people visiting its emergency food pantries since late summer and has served xx new client families since July 1.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of so many generous people in this community,” Guinn said. “However, even with that generous support, we are concerned about meeting the needs being presented to us this year. We continue to see more and more new faces entering a food pantry for the first time ever and we need additional support in order to meet all of the needs of this community.”

God’s Pantry Food Bank distributes food to a network of 275 member agencies, which includes food pantries, shelters, after-school programs and soup kitchens. These programs are designed to assist low-income households throughout 50 central and eastern Kentucky counties.
In August, the Food Bank’s five emergency food pantries in Lexington served more than 2,100 families, the highest total since the organization began serving Lexington’s neediest families in 1955.

For every $10 donation, God’s Pantry Food Bank can feed a person in need for two weeks. To make a secure online donation, visit www.godspantry.org. Donations can also be made via mail to God’s Pantry Food Bank, 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY, 40511 or by calling 859-255-6592.

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