Approximately 170 local families received fresh produce on Thursday, July 10 when Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland visited the Grayson County Food Pantry to donate farmed food to families in need.
Executive Director of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland Gary Miles said the organization is taking its mobile food bank on the road this summer and fall to distribute produce to food pantries throughout its 42-county service area.
This effort has been funded by the Farms to Food Bank Bill, which provides $1.2 million to the State Association of Food Banks to be used over two years for the purchase of farmed foods for the needy.
In 2014, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland is estimated to distribute 600,000 pounds of produce, which will be delivered to Kentucky food pantries via the mobile food bank truck purchased through a $160,000 grant from Walmart, Miles said.
The Grayson County Alliance (GCA) Food Pantry, under the direction of Donna Wilson and with the assistance of the community and volunteers, currently serves 850 local households consisting of 1,700 individuals.
“[The GCA Food Pantry] is one of our best organizations,” said Miles. “Donna does a great job.”
Wilson said she is always looking for more volunteers, and many positions are available that don’t involve lifting. To volunteer with the GCA Food Pantry, located at 125 E. Market St., Suite 3, in Leitchfield, call 270-259-4000.
For more information about the food pantry and other GCA Programs, visit www.gc-alliance.com.
Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland is based out of Elizabethtown, KY. For more information about the organization or to make a donation, visit www.feedingamericaky.org.