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Feed the Need replenishes food banks

By Alyssa Harvey, bgdailynews.com

43 days ago   Article ID# 4086492
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United Way of Southern Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY (bgdailynews.com) - Christine Walker of Illinois remembers the days when she had to rely on food pantries.

“I fell ill,” she said. “I had no work for five years.”

People who worked at the pantries were so nice, said Walker, who is visiting Bowling Green.

“They made sure everything was fine,” she said. “They offered other benefits.”

When she received a list of nonperishable food needed for pantries in United Way of Southern Kentucky’s Feed the Need campaign from a volunteer stationed outside Kroger on U.S. 31-W By-Pass on Friday, she knew she had to help.

“When you are blessed, you should bless others,” she said. “It’s the small things that count. You can’t stress over big things.”

The Feed the Need campaign is a regionwide food drive that takes place in Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson and Warren counties. Collections, which conclude Saturday, go to the Salvation Army, Barren River Area Safe Space, Community Relief in Barren County, St. Vincent de Paul, Good Samaritan of Logan and Simpson counties and Community Action of Southern Kentucky in Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart and Warren counties.

“Feed the Need is a way to collect nonperishable food items for agencies we work with for seven of the 10 counties,” said United Way Marketing coordinator Emily Anne Pride. “All the food collected stays in that county.”

More than 75 businesses collected food for the campaign.

Those wishing to donate may buy nonperishable food at certain stores – Kroger, Wal-Mart, Piggly Wiggly, select Houchens, IGA and Save-A-Lot – and give it to a volunteer stationed there. People can give canned food, rice, peanut butter and boxed meals like Hamburger Helper. The drive ends Saturday.

“I think it gives people a tangible way to give back to the community,” Pride said. “It focuses on the immediate needs here.”

Heather Hale, who works with English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, was volunteering for the law firm at Kroger on the By-Pass. ELPO is one of the businesses that participates in Feed the Need. She had started at noon and was already filling up the seventh basket of the day.

“They can grab something extra while they’re in the store. We’ve had several people forget to pick something up so they’ve left a cash donation,” she said. “It has been pretty busy. I’m surprised with the kind of (rainy) day it has been.”

Terry Wilson of Warren County has volunteered with the Salvation Army since 2009. All the Feed the Need collections were being brought there and he and other volunteers were sorting them into boxes, just as he does with other donations throughout the year.

“A large percentage of donations go to food boxes,” he said. “The United Way is the driving force behind Feed the Need.”

Brenda Bratton of Bowling Green said she always donates to causes she believes in. She dropped off items at the Feed the Need station at Kroger on the By-Pass.

“There’s other people who can use it a lot more than me. When you’re in a position where you can help someone then you should do it,” she said. “I’d hope someone would do it for me.”

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Updated 43 days ago   Article ID# 4086492

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