LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds of Lexington families will not go hungry this Christmas, thanks to the Lexington Rescue Mission.
The Lexington Rescue Mission canceled its 18th Annual Christmas Dinner because of the pandemic. Rather than let people go hungry, organization leaders turned to hand-delivering more than 700 homemade meals to meet a growing need.
"People are just calling, and it's from all walks of life. People who are saying they just lost their job or got laid off and they're wondering if they can get a meal. Yes. It's fine," said volunteer coordinator Yvette Davis. "You can do so much with just a meal. Reaching out to someone with a meal just shows how much you care."
Nearly 100 volunteers stepped up to the plate on Wednesday to help deliver food bags around the city.
To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, organizers designed a contactless system for volunteers to follow.
First, the kitchen staff loaded each car with enough meals for three households. When delivering the food bags, volunteers were instructed to leave the food on the porch and leave after ringing the doorbell.
Lexington Rescue Mission director Kim Livesay told LEX 18 they delivered 200 more meals on Wednesday than they did for Thanksgiving.
Those in need were also able to pick up carry-out meals from the Broadway Christian Church building.
Livesay estimates they will feed 1,700 people collectively.