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Federal and state governments join food banks to secure surplus meal kits for Kentucky residents

Thousands of surplus meal kits originally purchased for disaster victims will go to hungry Kentuckians thanks to a team effort of federal and state employees. Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland in Elizabethtown and God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington will receive a total of 314,496 meal kits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at a cost to the food banks of $65,000, a fraction...

God’s Pantry named among top one percent of nonprofits for accountability and transparency

Sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned God’s Pantry Food Bank a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the 10th consecutive time that the Food Bank has earned this top distinction. Only 1% of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations. Since...

Contestants for Miss Kentucky competition plan Volunteer Day at God’s Pantry Food Bank

Contestants for the Miss Kentucky pageant will join reigning Miss Kentucky, Laura Jones, for a Volunteer Day at God’s Pantry Food Bank on Tuesday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. God’s Pantry Food Bank is located at 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY 40511 With the upcoming Miss Kentucky Pageant, June 29-30, the contestants will be getting out into the community volunteering before their big...

God’s Pantry Food Bank participating in Summer Food Service program throughout the region

God’s Pantry Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals or snacks will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as...

Latest Taste of the Bluegrass featuring central Kentucky’s best food and drink set for Friday

The 2017 Taste of the Bluegrass showcases the very best food and drinks Central Kentucky has to offer. Enjoy a spirited party with an innovative variety of foods and creative drinks Friday provided by some of the area’s top restaurants, caterers, bakeries, and beverage producers, a live band and fantastic silent auction. On Friday, more than 1,000 people will gather for the premier tasting event...

God’s Pantry Food Bank’s annual Taste of the Bluegrass event tickets on sale now

Tickets for God’s Pantry Food Bank’s annual event, the Taste of the Bluegrass, are currently on sale. The 2017 Taste of the Bluegrass showcases the very best food and drinks Central Kentucky has to offer. More than 60 great food and beverage purveyors; plus, live music, and a silent auction all in one place. On Friday, May 19, hundreds will gather for the premier tasting event of the Bluegrass...

God’s Pantry Food Bank increases food distribution opportunities for Fayette County residents

Effective this week, the Fayette County Pantry Program, operated by God’s Pantry Food Bank, is offering once a month distributions of all available product to Fayette County residents in need of food. This is an increase from the previous four times in six months for general pantry food distributions. All operating hours and procedures for the four pantries, including the need for a referral, will...

LEXPARK’s Food for Fines holiday food drive experiences another successful campaign

The Lexington Parking Authority (LPA) announced that $13,000 in citations were “paid for” with 8,300 food items collected during the six-week “Food for Fines” campaign. All donations received by LEXPARK were given to God’s Pantry Food Bank. According to God’s Pantry, 8,074 pounds (or 4 tons) of food was received, which is the equivalent of 6,728 meals. James Frazier, LPA Board Chair...

God’s Pantry Food Bank partners with WUKY-FM to fight hunger during the holiday season

WUKY-FM, the University of Kentucky’s NPR station, is partnering with God’s Pantry Food Bank and Stewart Perry of State Farm Insurance to fight child hunger this holiday season. One gift will help two nonprofit organizations. For every donation made to WUKY until Dec. 31, 2016, Perry will fill a backpack for a child in need through God’s Pantry Food Bank BackPack Program. He will...

God’s Pantry Food Bank announces selection of Halligan as new chief executive officer

Michael J. Halligan was named the new Chief Executive Officer of God’s Pantry Food Bank by the organization’s Board of Directors Chair, Grant Gabbard in a media conference Tuesday. The search committee of the 61-year-old regional hunger relief organization recently concluded an exhaustive, national search to fill the vacancy left by former CEO Marian F. Guinn. Guinn recently launched her own coaching...

Food Bank to distribute Thanksgiving boxes to 5,089 Fayette County families

The God’s Pantry Food Bank will distribute 5,089 Thanksgiving boxes Monday and Tuesday at the Imani Baptist Church at 1555 Georgetown Road. The hours of distribution will be 9 a.m.-11 a.m., 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Each year, thousands of Fayette County families come to God’s Pantry Food Bank in need of food. This Thanksgiving, more than 5,000 families requested assistance through this...

Quarles leads Lexington region meeting of the Kentucky Hunger Task Force

The Kentucky Hunger Task Force met with advocates for the hungry at God’s Pantry Food Bank to learn what is being done at the local level to combat food insecurity in the Lexington area in the third of 10 regional meetings last week. “These regional meetings will give the task force a clearer picture of the need as well as actions being taken locally to meet the need,” Agriculture Commissioner...

Following her mother’s path: Barbara Welsch believes ‘if you have, then you owe’

By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to KyForward Barbara and Jack Welsch pull up in front of the house. He puts the car in park, then nods to his wife. Together, they unload a box from the trunk and make their way toward the front door. The box is full of commodities like a bag of potatoes, juice, peanut butter, pasta and cheese. Each month, God’s Pantry Food Bank makes a commodities delivery to the...

God’s Pantry Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program

God’s Pantry Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program again this year. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times...

LEXPARK’s ‘Food for Fines’ program collects nearly 1,000 cans – and a lot of attention – in first week

The Lexington Parking Authority says its nationally recognized “Food for Fines” canned food drive collected nearly 1,000 cans in its first week. Over 60 parking citations were cleared using the program. Food for Fines runs Nov. 16 through Dec. 18. As a result of the campaign, LPA, God’s Pantry Food Bank and the city of Lexington have received international media attention. Most recently, Food...

Southern Lights Stroll Nov. 19 to benefit Kentucky Horse Park Foundation; food drives also set

To celebrate the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, the Southern Lights Stroll will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19. On the only evening of Southern Lights when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands of dazzling holiday lights on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. This...

LEXPARK's "Food for Fines" brings in over 6,000 cans for God's Pantry Food Bank

(Photo from Wikimedia)   The Lexington Parking Authority announced that its LEXPARK “Food for Fines” food drive exceeded all expectations. The first program of its kind in Lexington, Food for Fines raised over 6,200 cans of food as payment for over 600 meter citations.   The food for fines program ran from November 17 through December 19 and allowed customers to bring in 10 cans of food...

LEXPARK’s ‘Food for Fines’ program allows meter violations to be paid in canned goods

The Lexington Parking Authority (LPA) announced that its LEXPARK program will run a “Food for Fines” canned food drive from Nov. 17 through Dec. 19 that will allow citizens with meter citations to pay in food rather that dollars, with proceeds benefitting God’s Pantry Food Bank.   Bring in 10 cans of food to the LEXPARK office located at 122 North Broadway to pay for any meter citation....

Food donations prove Fayette Co. public
and private school kids ‘Can Fight Hunger’

Public and private schools in Fayette County collected more than 43,000 pounds of food valued at well over $72,000 in the fall 2013 “Kids Can Fight Hunger” drive for God’s Pantry Food Bank. Awards were presented at a Dec. 10 reception, with Deep Springs Elementary, Sandersville Elementary and Lafayette High School topping their respective divisions.   Luke Sylvester’s illustration...

Food donations prove Fayette Co. public and private school kids 'Can Fight Hunger'

Public and private schools in Fayette County collected more than 43,000 pounds of food valued at well over $72,000 in the fall 2013 “Kids Can Fight Hunger” drive for God’s Pantry Food Bank. Awards were presented at a Dec. 10 reception, with Deep Springs Elementary, Sandersville Elementary and Lafayette High School topping their respective divisions.   Luke Sylvester’s illustration...