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New Hope food pantry quadruples number of families they serve

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - As the need for food pantries keeps growing, one pastor at a Perry County Church says the resources have not.

Recently, New Hope Church in Hazard who already worked to keep food on the table for about 100 families a month increased their load to about 400 families a month.

With more food coming in, they are having problems keeping it stored.

During the winter months, Pastor Mike Barnett says keeping the shelves stocked wasn't easy.

"The giving and the donations are decreasing because people's paychecks aren't going as far," said Barnett.

He says donations are still down, but right now the freezers are packed.

"When we started to distribute the commodities, we went from serving 100 families a month to 400 families a month," said Barnett.

Now twice a month, a God's Pantry Food Bank truck packed full of food comes to their doors.

"So when the God's Pantry trucks left last Tuesday, I had thirty, actually, I had forty cases of chicken that I had to bum people with a walk in freezer," said Barnett.

Currently McDonalds and a local school are providing space in their walk-in freezers to make sure the food gets to those who need it.

"If they hadn't of helped, I don't know what we would of done," said Barnett.

Pastor Barnett also says they are in need of more volunteers as the number of families they help continues to grow.

On Tuesday, April 9th, New Hope will be distributing food in the afternoon for those on the commodity program. If you are interested in volunteering, you can call the church.

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