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God’s Pantry delivers thousands of Thanksgiving meals in Central Kentucky

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 3:31 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - God’s Pantry Food Bank is working to make sure everyone can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Food insecurity is always a real problem for some Central Kentucky communities.

With the pandemic only making those problems worse, officials from God’s Pantry said they felt even more importance behind handing out their holiday boxes.

“What we have seen over the past eight months is an increase of anywhere from 33 percent in a given week,” said God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO Michael Halligan. “In some cases, we’ve had stories of other agencies, think food pantries, think meal programs, where, on a given day, they were seeing twice as much need, twice as much demand as they had experienced.”

Foodbank officials said this week they handed out a little less than 6,000 Thanksgiving boxes full of food to families in Fayette, Floyd, Laurel and Rowan Counties.

This year involved added safety measures to make sure everyone was protected against COVID-19. Halligan said while this year wasn’t business as usual, the mission remained the same.

“This year Sharing Thanksgiving was elevated in terms of need, increased in terms of distribution. It’s one of the largest we’ve ever done,” he said. “The one thing that was consistent is the thanks that we saw from folks who would not have had a Thanksgiving meal otherwise.”

Workers with God’s Pantry handed out boxes filled with things like turkeys, potatoes and onions. Halligan says, despite the hardships this year brought for so many people in the community, the food bank is committed to following through on their mission.

“The one thing that was consistent is the thanks that we saw from folks who would not have had a Thanksgiving meal otherwise. At the end of the day, our work is not about God’s Pantry Food Bank, it’s not about Mike Halligan, it’s about a quarter of a million people who are hungry in Central and Eastern Kentucky and what can we do to learn from those folks to better offer our services in a way that’s respectful, helpful, nutritious, and helps people move to that place in life where they’d like to be,” Halligan said.

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