Mission: The mission of god's pantry food bank is to reduce hunger in kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources.
Programs: God's pantry food bank is the largest food bank in kentucky and serves one-third of the state's population both geographically and by population. Our objective is to reach everyone who is hungry or at risk of hunger in the 50 central and eastern kentucky counties we serve. With that in mind, the food bank distributed 26. 2 million pounds of food throughout the 50 counties of our service area in fiscal year 2014. This area covers 16,000 square miles and has an estimated 252,000 residents who are food insecure, which means they lack access, at times, for enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. To meet the need of these families and others like them, the food bank works in partnership with nearly 400 other nonprofit agencies that operate food pantries, soup kitchens, child hunger programs, senior citizens centers, and other services that provide food at no cost to neighbors in need. Last year 30% of everything distributed by the food bank to these agencies was fresh fruits and vegetables at absolutely no cost to them.
god's pantry food bank was founded in 1955 in lexington, ky. By mim hunt. Although the organization has grown considerably since its founding, it has remained true to its original intent of providing groceries to lexington's neighbors in need. To that end the food bank operates the fayette county pantry program. In fiscal year 2014, 23,469 families were served by the program or an estimated 65,713 individuals - 22% of the city's total population. This program is a partnership between the food bank and three churches and the community action council that provide space and significant volunteer coordination and support to create as many opportunities as possible for low-income families to receive a week's worth of groceries at each visit. This includes an average of 10 pounds of produce per household.
the objective of god's pantry food bank is to reach anyone who is hungry in the 50 counties it serves, but some populations require specific strategies to be successful. To that end, the food bank operates the after school snack, backpack, kids cafe, and summer feeding programs in multiple locations specifically for children ages 0-18. A recent study, hunger in central and eastern kentucky 2014, revealed that at least 50,500 of food bank clients are children.
wokit is a cluster of nine food banks in west virginia, ohio, kentucky, indiana, and tennessee created pursuant to a contractual agreement. Wokit strives to alleviate hunger through a cost effective food bank network which equitably shares resources in the spirit of trusting cooperation. Wokit serves as a means to coordinate the delivery to each of its members, product (donated food) available through feeding america. God's pantry serves as the wokit host food bank. The nine chief executive officers/executive directors serve on the wokit steering committee. Wokit operates under the terms of an annual cluster contract (contract). Under the terms of the contract, the budgeted operating expenses of wokit for the contract period, excluding freight costs, are allocated to each member through dues based on the actual number of pounds received by the member during the previous calendar year. Additionally, each member agrees to reimburse wokit for its share of the freight costs incurred by wokit on behalf of the member.
God's Pantry Food Bank serves those in need by providing high quality food through its extensive distribution system. God's Pantry Improves the quality of life for thousands of Kentuckians. The extraordinary service and compassion of staff and volunteers make this an outstanding non-profit. Having served as a active volunteer for over 30 years, prior to serving on the board of God's Pantry Food Bank, I have been very impressed by this incredibly efficient and effective organization.
God's Pantry provides a service to families in need throughout central and eastern Kentucky. In addition to supplying emergency food needs, they provide education to encourage improved nutrition, basic cooking skills, and food safety. The leadership of the organization supports the local food system with "Plant a Row for the Hungry" and the Farm to Food Bank Initiative. God's Pantry should be commended on their service and innovative delivery, and committment to the agriculture and business community.