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God's Pantry Food Bank Charity Profile
Hunger is a disease that diminishes the lives of many Kentuckians. Hunger drains the resources of the elderly and plagues the family, forcing mothers to sacrifice meals so that their children do not have to. Hunger strikes the unfortunate, overwhelming those who are experiencing other unforeseen needs.
This disease is strengthened by poverty. Is a child hungry because she is poor or poor because she is hungry? Studies have shown that poor children are more likely to be sick, more likely to miss school and less likely to succeed. The same is true for hungry children. Hunger affects not just the poor children of Kentucky, but all children, elderly and others who might be in a tight spot and need a helping hand. And it affects more in Kentucky than in most states across the nation.
Yet hunger is a disease that has a cure. For 53 years, Godís Pantry has been collecting and distributing donated food to agencies across central and eastern Ky. Today, Godís Pantry works with over 380 partner agency programs to fight hunger and alleviate the symptoms that accompany it.
In 1955, a concerned citizen named Mim Hunt began distributing food out of the basement of her home to those in need of assistance. Through the years, this small effort grew into the large-scale hunger relief organization that Godís Pantry Food Bank is today.
God's Pantry Food Bank Volunteer Information
The need for food in central and eastern Kentucky is not decreasing. Godís Pantry Food Bank relies on donated food, money and volunteers to operate its programs.
Volunteers are an essential part of our operation. More than 5,200 volunteers contributed nearly 16,000 hours of their time in fiscal year 2007-08 to support our mission to reduce hunger.
Godís Pantry Food Bank depends on volunteers to staff pantry sites, sort donated food items, repack salvageable food, help with mailings, take referrals for clients in need of food assistance, help at Kids Cafe locations, assist with our annual Client Survey, pack food and deliver Mobile Pantry boxes to other counties, and support special events.
There are a number of ways to get involved. If you are a teenager looking to complete service hours for your school or church, check out information on our Teen Nights below. Family nights are a great way for individual families to come together in a night of service.
If neither of our pre-scheduled evenings meet your needs, you can also put together your own volunteer group and schedule a time to come out and help. Groups of 10 or more can schedule a 1.5-2 hour time block in the evening or on Saturday mornings to volunteer.
Scheduling is based on a first-come, first-served basis and after hours opportunities fill up quickly. Groups with children 18 and under must have adult chaperones participating.