LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As we get further into the pandemic more people are finding themselves in need.
"We know categorically that the need is greater today than it has been in the past," says Becca Self, Executive Director of the local non-profit FoodChain.
Self says estimates show that before the pandemic one in five students were suffering from food insecurities in Lexington and now that statistic has risen to one in four.
FoodChain is a local non-profit powered by Nourish Lexington, they are working hard to feed more families during the pandemic. In honor of October being Hunger Awareness Month, they are really trying to ramp up their donations. They are halfway to their goal to raise 450,000 dollars, which would provide approximately 65,000 meals to people in need in Lexington.
"The pandemic has been a humbling experience, humbling from the sense people have lost their jobs and have found themselves in need, who previously would have thought of themselves as the ones to give, and that is important for Nourish Lexington we are a need-blind food opportunity, so we are not here to judge if your need is worthy enough," says Self.
Since their initiative began in early April, they have provided over 150,000 meals.
If you are finding yourself in need or can donate you can visit their website https://foodchainlex.org/index.php/nourishlexington/ for more information on how to get involved.