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Nearly 350 volunteers join Thanksgiving Basket Brigade at God’s Pantry Food Bank

God’s Pantry Food Bank packed 4,500 Thanksgiving baskets at its Annual Basket Brigade Event on Saturday as nearly 350 volunteers joined together to make it happen. The basket assembly for the Sharing Thanksgiving program is one of God’s Pantry Food Bank’s most popular and fun events of the year. Basket Brigade 2019 Basket Brigade first shift was fast as lightning, packing 1,200 Sharing Thanksgiving...

Lexington Parking Authority 2019 ‘Food for Fines’ canned food drive program to run Nov. 25 – Dec. 20

The Lexington Parking Authority announced thursday its LexPark program will once again run the “Food for Fines” canned food drive in partnership with God’s Pantry Food Bank. This year the nationally recognized Food for Fines program runs from Monday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Dec. 20. Customers who bring in 10 cans of food will receive $15 off any LexPark or Lexington Police issued parking citation....

God’s Pantry Food Bank, hunger relief agencies designate September as ‘Hunger Action Month’

Nearly 250,000 people in Central and Eastern Kentucky are food insecure, meaning they cannot afford enough nutritious food to regularly fuel a healthy lifestyle. Supplying food and resources through more than 400 food pantry and meal programs God’s Pantry Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger by providing assistance across its 50-county service area. The Food Bank cannot do it alone – they...

God’s Pantry Food Bank earns coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive year

God’s Pantry Food Bank recently earned the organizations 12th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. The 4-star rating is a result of The Food Bank maintaining sound fiscal management practices and a commitment to accountability and transparency in its efforts to feed kids, teens, families and seniors across Central and Eastern Kentucky. Since...

God’s Pantry Food Bank receives $8,000 grant from Darden Foundation to support hunger relief efforts

God’s Pantry Food Bank announced Tuesday an $8,000 grant from The Darden Foundation to help provide hunger relief to families across Central and Eastern Kentucky. The funds will be used to support general operations of the Food Bank. “Since 2013 the Darden Foundation has provided more than $35,000 of support,” said Michael Halligan, CEO for God’s Pantry Food Bank. “In addition to creating...

God’s Pantry unveils mobile produce distribution van in effort to provide healthy food to Ky. kids, teens

God’s Pantry Food Bank this week joined Leon Lamoreaux, Anthem Kentucky Medicaid Plan President, and Ashton Potter Wright, Director of Local Food and Agricultural Development to unveil a new custom vehicle that will serve as a Mobile Produce Distribution Van, helping the non-profit meet the nutrition needs of kids and teens during the summer months by providing healthy fresh alternatives. “The...

God’s Pantry Food Bank offering summer meals to kids and teens at 32 locations in eight counties

With school out and summer in full swing, it is time to think about how children who receive free or reduced-priced lunch in school will eat healthy meals while school is out of session. Summertime can often be difficult for food insecure households, as budgets can increase for those households who rely on those school-provided meals. God’s Pantry Food Bank, in partnership with multiple organizations...

New reports show food insecurity among adults in Kentucky is among highest in the nation

As part of Older Americans Month, Feeding Kentucky and God’s Pantry Food Bank released the Hunger Among Adults Age 50-59 in 2017 and The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2017, two studies about food insecurity among seniors in the United States published by Feeding America®. The reports shed light on the extent to which food insecurity, or lack of access to nutritious food, affects seniors in...

Study shows children in Central, Eastern Kentucky more likely to face hunger than overall population

God’s Pantry Food Bank announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2019, the latest report by Feeding America on food insecurity and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. It is the only study that provides food insecurity data at the local level. Map the Meal Gap 2019 reveals that food insecurity exists in every county in God’s Pantry Food Bank service area. It also...

Federal officials say Kentuckians’ SNAP benefits will be protected as government shutdown drags on

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Federal officials say fallout from the government shutdown will not impact the food security of families already living on the edge in Kentucky and other states. There were concerns that funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP could dry up after January, but the Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is working with states...

KentuckyOne Health teaming up with God’s Pantry Food Bank to address hunger in Berea, London

KentuckyOne Health has teamed up with God’s Pantry Food Bank to fund a pilot program that will provide immediate food assistance for patients in emergent need at Saint Joseph London and Saint Joseph Berea. As part of the partnership, KentuckyOne Health will have food baskets on hand at the two facilities, as well two health clinics in London and one health clinic in Berea. “We are very excited...

LEXPARK collects three tons of food paying for $10k in fines for its ‘Food for Fines’ campaign

The Lexington Parking Authority (LPA) collected 6,057 pounds (or three tons) of food during their 2018 “Food for Fines” campaign. That equals over 7,360 food items, which “paid” for $10,765 in citations. All donations received by LEXPARK were given to God’s Pantry Food Bank. “More than 2,000 hungry households in Fayette County seek assistance from God’s Pantry Food Bank each month,”...

God’s Pantry Food Bank asking for community support to help those in need this holiday season

As the cold weather approaches and low-income households are disproportionately affected by winter weather woes, God’s Pantry Food Bank is concerned about reaching everyone at risk of hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky. God’s Pantry is doing more than ever before, but there are still unmet needs and the organization is asking the community for help in meeting those needs this holiday season....

God’s Pantry Food Bank expands ‘Sharing Thanksgiving’ distribution beyond Fayette County

With support provided by Kentucky Bank, God’s Pantry Food Bank is expanding the community-wide Thanksgiving distribution, Sharing Thanksgiving, beyond Fayette County. In this 25th year the program will help residents who have been referred by community agencies in Fayette, Laurel, Rowan and Floyd counties. This year more than 4,000 Fayette County families requested assistance and were selected to...

God’s Pantry Food Bank announces 2018-19 board of directors; includes addition of three new members

God’s Pantry Food Bank announces the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. The newly elected Board members are Colmon Elridge III, Scott McCauley, and Paul B. Mulhollem. The Board of Directors also elected a new slate of officers to serve in the upcoming year. “Each board member brings unique skills, experiences, and vision to the Food Bank.” Michael Halligan, God’s...

God’s Pantry’s 15th Golf Fore the Hungry set for August 19-20 at University Club of Kentucky

God’s Pantry Food Bank (GPFB) and Kentucky Bank have joined forces this year to present the 15th Annual Golf Fore the Hungry (GFTH) dinner and golf scramble. This two-day event kicks off on Sunday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at Manchester Music Hall. The evening will include live and silent auctions and Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones as the keynote speaker. GPFB partnered with KSR...

Gods Pantry Food Bank, City of Lexington helping citizens restock food lost during power outage

God’s Pantry Food Bank and the City of Lexington are reaching out to citizens who may need help restocking the fridge after the power outage. “Filling up a refrigerator is expensive,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Thanks to God’s Pantry Food Bank for helping us help those who can’t afford to replace the basics.” People can stock up on God’s Pantry’s fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, and...

Keeneland partners with God’s Pantry Food Bank to distribute 1,400 pounds of surplus food

Keeneland has partnered with God’s Pantry Food Bank to donate more than 1,400 pounds of excess food from its spring meet dining operations to benefit charitable organizations in central Kentucky. Keeneland coordinated pickup of proteins and vegetables each race day with God’s Pantry Food Bank via MealConnect, which is an online food recovery tool created by Feeding America. The Food Bank is a member...

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...