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With the economy in a dramatic downturn, more than 330,000 people in God's Pantry Food Bank's 50-county service area are at risk of hunger. In any given week, emergency food providers across central and eastern Kentucky provide food and meals to more than 15,000 different clients. Annually the food bank is providing assistance to more than 211,000 people. Click here for Hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky 2010.
In Fayette County, clients are referred by a social worker or a social service agency such as the Salvation Army, Community Action Council, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The referral is a telephone call to our office where we keep records based on name and social security number. If the individual is eligible to receive food, then they are matched with one of our local pantries, where they may select food for their family. The referral is also a way to ensure that an individual gets all the help they need. For example, a social worker or social service agency can refer a client to another agency for clothing and/or shelter. Outside Fayette County, please contact us for information concerning agencies in your area, or click here.
We receive large contributions of food through Feeding America, a network of over 200 food banks serving every portion of the United States. This product is donated from national manufacturers such as Kellogg’s and Nabisco. Locally, we get food from numerous donors (Kroger, Walmart, Target) and through food drives. We also receive USDA commodities through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
God's Pantry Food Bank has been in existence for 57 years. We were founded in 1955 by Mim Hunt, who served food to the hungry out of the basement of her home in Lexington. In 1979, we were incorporated and in 1984, God's Pantry Food Bank became a member of what is now known as Feeding America.
Our more than 275 member agencies include emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, abuse centers, senior programs, soup kitchens and children's homes. Any agency that has 501C(3) status and serves food (meals or food box) to needy people may be eligible to become a Food Bank member agency. For information on how to become a food bank member agency, click here.
A significant portion of our inventory is distributed to agencies at no charge. Produce, bread and USDA commodities are free to eligible agencies. A smaller percentage of our inventory is distributed with a "shared maintenance fee." This fee contributes toward the transportation and warehousing costs incurred in obtaining the food. We also offer a bulk purchase program to interested agencies for products that are rarely donated (frozen or canned meats, pasta, peanut butter).
No. We have a warehouse in Prestonsburg, Ky., which serves our 11 eastern-most counties and a 44,000 square foot receiving warehouse in Winchester, Ky.
God's Pantry Food Bank is a private, non-profit 501c(3) organization named by its founder, Mim Hunt, years ago. We do not operate as a religious organization nor do we work in conjunction with the government. We receive funding from private institutions and foundations, as well as from individuals, churches and community groups.
God's Pantry Food Bank is not a United Way-funded agency. We receive donations from private donors such as individuals, foundations, businesses and churches.
To make a donation to God's Pantry Food Bank, click here!