LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) Some big donations are going to make a difference for the hundreds of food pantries around Kentucky.
As part of the Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner's Hunger Initiative, 120 chest freezers are being donated.
Lexington-based God's Pantry Food Bank will get 35 chest freezers to give to their pantries around Central and Eastern Kentucky. They serve 50 Kentucky counties.
“These freezers are going to mean a lot to our agencies that distribute frozen meat,” said Danielle Bozarth, the Programs Director at God's Pantry.
Kentucky Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles' office tells LEX 18 that more than 120 food pantries across the state will get one of the 18 cubic foot freezers, allowing for more donations and distribution of beef, pork, and poultry.
Last year, God's Pantry Food Bank distributed 32 million pounds of food. Around 12 million of that was fresh produce and more than two million pounds was fresh and frozen meat.
As the demand will continue to grow, having the capacity to serve those in need has to grow too.
They need gifts like refrigerators, freezers, and shelving.
Agricultural lenders “Farm Credit Mid-America” and “Cobank” are providing the chest freezers.
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