ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — In response to the catastrophic flooding affecting 14 Eastern Kentucky counties, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) is working to mobilize and deliver resources from the Elizabethtown area to its sister foodbank in Lexington, God’s Pantry Food Bank. Serving the affected counties of Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Martin, Magoffin, Owsley, Perry, and Pike, the regional food bank is acting as a staging facility for supplies.
“The main need right now is cases of water. Lots of it.” said God’s Food Pantry Executive Director, Mike Halligan.
Other needs include: poptop foods (Vienna sausages, soups, stews, etc.), handheld snacks (cereal bars, granola bars, protein bars, peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, beef jerky), non-perishable foods of any kind, and personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, etc.).
FAKH is currently collecting items for God’s Pantry Food Bank to distribute through its network of partner agencies in the affected counties. Those interested in donating items can drop them off at FAKH’s drive-thru collection event on Saturday, August 6 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Elizabethtown Towne Mall near JCPenney.
Additional FAKH drop off sites have also been set up in partnership with The Cecilian Bank. Donations at these locations will be accepted from August 3 through August 10 and can be brought to any of the following sites:
- Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (313 Peterson Dr.)
- The Cecilian Bank Historic Downtown (227 West Dixie Ave.)
- The Cecilian Bank Prospect Pointe (2920 Ring Rd.)
- The Cecilian Bank Oaklawn (1808 N Dixie Ave.)
- The Cecilian Bank Hillcrest (3460 Leitchfield Rd.)
This disaster comes at a time when food banks are already experiencing food shortages due to supply chain issues and the rising cost of food. While all contributions are encouraged, the organization’s ability to stretch monetary donations further is important to note. With those monetary donations, FAKH secures food and grocery donations from national food businesses and government agencies to reach more people facing hunger. These donations are critical in times of disaster such as this.
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