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Estill Co. hosts drive-up food pantry

Posted at 12:37 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 05:45:02-04

ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Businesses and organizations have had to adjust to new guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and this includes food pantries.

The Estill County Community Food Bank found a way to practice social distancing while still serving nearly 200 families.

Cars lined up and wrapped around the street Tuesday morning outside the food bank in Ravenna. In order to follow Governor Andy Beshear's guidelines, the food bank started a drive-up distribution.

”They’ll pull up, we’ll put whatever we have through the window and they’ll go on home. They’re good to go,” President of the Estill County Community Food Bank Susan Dick said.

Those who are helped by the food bank thought it was a great idea.

”It’s better, it’s a better situation. That way we’re not all crowded up in there and in each others face,” said Irvine resident Martha Neal. “This is a lot faster and a lot easier doing it this way.”

Volunteers say it’s an adjustment, but they wanted to continue serving the community.

”We’re just doing the best we can with what we have,” said Dick.

The food items they receive to hand out has also been affected by the coronavirus.

”What they’ve done, it looks is bring us stuff from restaurants. Three-pound bags of broccoli. We have four-pound bags of shredded lettuce,” said Donna Alcorn, the administrator for the food bank. ”So, they’ll be getting a lot of fresh produce, but they will not be getting any bread because we didn’t have any and the stores don’t have any for us.”

The Estill County Community Food Bank plans to hold another drive-up distribution on April 14 at 10:30 a.m.