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Jan 4, 2013 4:13 PM

Food Pantry Serving Up Hope In Need of Essentials

Less than two weeks after the Christmas holiday, a food pantry in Scott County is in desperate need of some staples, like pasta.

"In one day, sometimes we serve as many as thirty families," said Scott United Ministries Executive Director Jimmie Persley.

And as Persley explains, they are often young working moms and dads who barely make minimum wage, and can't afford to feed their families.

"Then we have other people just moving into Scott County because they think there's work. We have Toyota, so people think there's lots of work, but there's not," said Persley.

And with Georgetown near Interstate 64 and Interstate 75, they also help travelers trying to make a better life for themselves.

"They've been living in a hotel, and now they've run out of money, but they still don't have a job. That's when we see them," said Persley.

Persley says they are so grateful for the outpouring of support from the community to match this huge need during the holidays, but a new year has begun, and supplies are already dwindling. "We always need peanut butter and crackers, tuna, and spaghetti sauce," she said. "Foods rich in protein."

A family in need can go a long way with those essentials and the other essentials served: the hope and kindess to believe this year will be different.

In addition to food, they also need cleaning supplies and winter clothing. To help Scott United Ministries' Amen House Food Pantry, call 502-863-5305. You can also find them on Facebook. Their hours are 9:00 am-12:00 pm, and their address is 319 East Main Street in Georgetown.

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