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Stuff Your Stocking online silent auction to fight food insecurity in Central and Eastern Kentucky

Stuff Your Stocking and support God’s Pantry Food Bank while shopping from the comfort of your home this holiday season. The Food Bank is introducing Stuff Your Stocking, an online silent auction and Pappy Van Winkle raffle, proceeds from which will help feed those facing food insecurity in Central and Eastern Kentucky. The silent auction is open now until 9 p.m. on Dec. 15 and will have items that...

God’s Pantry Food Bank to host Basket Brigade packing Thanksgiving boxes on Nov. 13-14

Every November, two weeks before Thanksgiving, hundreds of participants will come together for Basket Brigade and assemble thousands of Thanksgiving boxes that will be distributed to families through the Sharing Thanksgiving program. This year Basket Brigade will look a little different, but the goal is the same — making sure families have a meal on their table for the holiday. Due to COVID-19, the...

God’s Pantry Food Bank introduces ‘More Than Just a Meal’ to continue fight against hunger

Taste of the Bluegrass would be nothing without the fabulous food and beverage makers that provide their sweet and savory offerings year after year. They have made Lexington’s longest-running tasting event possible for 40 years. While COVID-19 caused the plans to change this year, there is still a way to impact the God’s Pantry Food Bank mission of fighting hunger while also supporting the business...

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road donates $28,000 worth of cookies to God’s Pantry Food Bank

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road will donate more than $28,000 worth of cookies to God’s Pantry Food Bank, as part of the Council’s ‘Operation Sweet Treat’ program, whereby Girl Scout customers purchase cookies and then donate them to important causes locally. God’s Pantry Food Bank is Kentucky’s largest food bank, and offers critical assistance to those struggling with food...

Study reveals 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 2020, 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 2020 reveals that food insecurity exists in every county in God’s Pantry Food Bank service area. It also...

Anthem commits $190,000 to God’s Pantry Food Bank to help alleviate hunger in Central, Eastern Ky.

God’s Pantry Food Bank and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced that Anthem is donating $190,000 to the Food Bank to help it provide healthy food to many of the 250,000 individuals who are hungry in Central and Eastern Kentucky and who do not have consistent access to nutritious food. The financial support will make it possible for the Food Bank to broaden the mix of food it provides individuals...

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 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...