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8 01, 2021

CEO Update: Safety and Strategic Planning in the New Year

2021-01-08T18:33:12+00:00

The New Year has arrived, and Mike is here to tell you more about the changes we made in 2020 to keep our employees, volunteers, and recipients safe and healthy while serving even more families experiencing hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky. These changes remain in place while we continue to [...]

CEO Update: Safety and Strategic Planning in the New Year 2021-01-08T18:33:12+00:00
3 12, 2020

CEO Update: Ways to Support the Food Bank in December

2020-12-03T19:32:04+00:00

Our friends and neighbors in Central and Eastern Kentucky who are facing hunger have tough choices to make in December. The holidays add financial pressures, while the cold weather necessitates spending more on utilities and transportation than in warmer months. Combined with burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are [...]

CEO Update: Ways to Support the Food Bank in December 2020-12-03T19:32:04+00:00
2 12, 2020

Sharing Thanksgiving 2020 feeds 5,800 families despite the pandemic.

2020-12-02T21:40:57+00:00

For 27 years, the God’s Pantry Food Bank Sharing Thanksgiving program has provided a traditional Thanksgiving meal to families facing hunger. After months of work that includes processing referrals, acquiring all of the products needed to make up the full meal, packing boxes, delivering to homebound individuals and seniors, and setting up a safe [...]

Sharing Thanksgiving 2020 feeds 5,800 families despite the pandemic. 2020-12-02T21:40:57+00:00
4 11, 2020

CEO Update: Sharing Thanksgiving and Basket Brigade

2020-11-05T16:18:04+00:00

Sharing Thanksgiving is an important program for the Food Bank. Families in Fayette, Floyd, Rowan, and Laurel Counties don't have to miss out on putting a traditional Thanksgiving meal on the table because of the caring and generosity of many donors and volunteers. CEO Mike Halligan shares the history of the [...]

CEO Update: Sharing Thanksgiving and Basket Brigade 2020-11-05T16:18:04+00:00
7 10, 2020

CEO Update: Volunteering, Food Drives, and Other Ways to Participate

2020-10-08T18:32:36+00:00

The fall and winter months normally bring with them many opportunities to volunteer with us. We also support many individuals, businesses, and organizations as they host holiday food drives. We're happy to be safely welcoming volunteers back to the Food Bank with some modified processes, and we're excited to tell you [...]

CEO Update: Volunteering, Food Drives, and Other Ways to Participate 2020-10-08T18:32:36+00:00
31 08, 2020

CEO Update: Hunger Action Month

2020-09-02T12:45:31+00:00

Every September we join with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks for Hunger Action Month - a time to raise awareness of hunger in our community, share our mission, and invite you to join us in the fight against hunger. This year looks a little different than in [...]

CEO Update: Hunger Action Month 2020-09-02T12:45:31+00:00
5 08, 2020

CEO Update: Feeding Kids and Teens

2020-08-05T19:05:19+00:00

1 in 5 children across Central and Eastern Kentucky are a part of families that aren't sure how they will provide the next meal. When hungry, children are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions or have problems in school and social situations due to developmental and behavioral issues. It’s [...]

CEO Update: Feeding Kids and Teens 2020-08-05T19:05:19+00:00
1 07, 2020

CEO Update: Let’s Talk About Produce

2020-07-02T12:42:45+00:00

At the Food Bank, we know that fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy, delicious, and are foods that the individuals and families we serve want. While nonperishable foods are vital to helping families struggling with food insecurity, adding fresh produce to wholesome, nutritious meals helps children thrive and and adults and [...]

CEO Update: Let’s Talk About Produce 2020-07-02T12:42:45+00:00
16 06, 2020

The Jeff Bezos Grant Helps the Food Bank in a Unique Way

2020-06-16T15:58:12+00:00

In early April 2020, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he was making a $100 million donation to Feeding America in order to support America's food banks during the COVID-19 crisis. The gift - the largest single gift in Feeding America's history - was distributed to the 200 member food banks, including God's Pantry [...]

The Jeff Bezos Grant Helps the Food Bank in a Unique Way 2020-06-16T15:58:12+00:00
2 06, 2020

CEO Update: Map the Meal Gap

2020-06-16T14:25:22+00:00

Feeding America conducts the Map the Meal Gap study annually to improve our understanding of food insecurity in the United States. The newest study tells us that food insecurity in the 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky that we serve have a food insecurity rate of 16.5%. That's 253,010 people [...]

CEO Update: Map the Meal Gap 2020-06-16T14:25:22+00:00