The mission of God's Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources.
God’s Pantry Food Bank is headquartered in Lexington, Ky., where it was founded in 1955 by Mim Hunt. God’s Pantry began as a small pantry headed by one individual to serve those in need in the Lexington area. It has grown to serve 50 Kentucky counties as the state’s largest food bank with nearly 350 member agencies that operate programs that make food available for the communities. The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources. Our objective is to reach anyone who is hungry or at risk of hunger in the areas we serve.
God’s Pantry secures, stores, and distributes food products in Central and Eastern Kentucky. As a regional food bank, GPFB is a member of the Feeding America network that collectively approaches industry leaders in food production for product overruns, mistakes, or new product failures while also working to create other sources of donated or affordable staples for distribution. These items are then given to hungry Kentuckians by member agencies. In fiscal year 2016 the Food Bank distributed more than 29 million pounds of food, including almost 11 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Throughout its 50-county service area, which has a population of 1.4 million people and covers more than 16,000 square miles, God’s Pantry Food Bank partners with churches, community centers, children’s homes, homeless and abuse shelters, soup kitchens and other similar nonprofit agencies that provide emergency food assistance to their neighbors. God’s Pantry Food Bank is not affiliated with any particular religious organization and does not give preference to any groups or member agencies based on such affiliations.
The Food Bank’s outreach programs and services include 9 Kids Cafes, 5 After School Snack sites, 21 BackPack sites, 2 School Pantries, the Food for Underserved Counties program, the Fayette County Pantry Program, and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The Food Bank is feeding more than 190,00 people annually.
God’s Pantry Food Bank operates from its 49,500 square-foot headquarters in Lexington, which includes office space and a 36,000 square foot warehouse. The Food Bank also has locations in Winchester (43,000 square feet) Prestonsburg (6,293 square feet) London (12,400 square feet), and Morehead (9,000 square feet), Ky. The organization has 53 full and part-time employees and more than 17,800 volunteers annually. In addition to these individuals, 28 volunteers serve on the Board of Directors and 25 other professionals make up the Food Bank’s two Regional Advisory Boards that assist us with operations in our outlying counties. Either the full board or the executive committee members meet monthly to advise and direct our operations.
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