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Hundreds wait in line for free boxed meals provided by the Salvation Army

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 11:17:43-05

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds of cars pulled into Anderson Dean Community Park in Harrodsburg today to receive a free box of food.

The Salvation Army made and distributed the boxes. All anyone had to do was wait in line and stay in their car until they reached the front of the line.

The 1,200 boxes that were passed out were filled with fresh and canned food and weighed over 30 pounds.

"It means a lot to not only give out food that will help people get through, but it's nutritious it's healthy, it's going to really fill people up, especially in a time of COVID where maybe they aren't able to use their dollars towards those things at this time," says Salvation Army Corp Officer, Lindsey Galabeas.

They went to families like Christine Smith, who says this is a huge help. It will help her family get through the week.

"It's a very big help, I mean, we are a family that's been able to work through most of the pandemic but even at that, it's been a struggle the whole time with the way things have changed and different expenses that have come up and things."

Georgiana Bray is the Family Resource Officer for Mercer County Schools, and she says there is a large population of people in the community that need help right now. In the county, somewhere between 65 to 80 percent of students qualify for free lunches, but this will help even more people since anyone could be eligible.

"There's a lot of families finding themselves in need right now that have never been in need before, families who are finding themselves out of work, who are having a hard time right now, so we want to be a blessing to them to let them know we are here," says Bray.

They hope to have this event again in the future and help even more people.