In 1973, a small group of churches came together to form what is known today as the Paducah Cooperative Ministry (PCM). The mission of PCM is to seek to do God’s work with human hands by bringing together individuals and congregations to respond to basic human needs and conditions. PCM works diligently all year round to educate the community on issues of poverty and what people can do to make a difference. With a busy summer, the organization is in need of food to replenish their emergency food pantry.
The emergency pantry program at PCM provides a three to four day supply of food to struggling households as needed and up to five times per calendar year. In 2017, PCM has provided assistance to more than 450 households per month. With the food insecurity rate at 15.5 percent in McCracken County, PCM knows they are going to be in need of more food. “PCM does a great job serving those in our community with food, financial needs, and shelter. Through my volunteer efforts here, I get to see firsthand how clients are treated with dignity and respect in their times of crisis. PCM fills an important role in our community and I am honored to serve there,” said volunteer receptionist, Lisa Gerike.
In partnership with WoodmenLife Kentucky Chapter 57 and the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, PCM hopes to raise $5,000 through RedBasket.org to purchase food items to replenish the pantry. Their goal is to refill the pantry with 500 units of core staples after a challenging summer, serving as many as 520 households in July alone. By making a tax-deductible donation, you can help PCM continue on their goal to fighting hunger in McCracken County, Kentucky!
This fundraiser is part of the Fighting Hunger Challenge. During the third quarter of 2017, WoodmenLife and RedBasket.org are partnering to support our National Community Focus of Fighting Hunger. WoodmenLife chapters are encouraging community hunger relief organizations to fundraise through RedBasket.org and raise money to purchase supplies and provide meals for their communities.