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AMEN House hands out 1,200 food boxes to Kentucky families

Posted at 3:31 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 20:21:29-04

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Cars filled up the large parking lot behind Georgetown City Hall on Monday as families waited in line to receive a food box from volunteers with the AMEN House food pantry

“My volunteers are amazing when it comes to things like this," Executive Director Michele Carlisle said. "I brought it to them and I'm like, 'Do you think we can handle this?' And the absolute answer was, 'We can't say no to an opportunity like this.'"

Volunteers, including a group of high school students, handed out about 1,200 boxes filled with meat, milk, produce and other items.

Carlisle says the boxes were provided by the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program, which was created when farmers had difficulty selling food to restaurants and other establishments during the pandemic.

“Farmers were being hurt and people were battling food insecurity,” Carlisle said. “So, this is a beautiful program that just came alongside to help farmers and dairy farmers alike get their food distributed instead of it going to waste somewhere.”

There will be another food box distribution Friday in Georgetown at Southland Christian Church.