Food Pantry for Woodford County is currently experiencing a non-existent commodity inventory for our food in-secure residents. Commodity food inventory for this food pantry comes from the local food bank in Lexington, KY which in turn comes from the U S Department of Agriculture.
Commodities and food stamps (SNAP) are part of the Farm Bill. During every election and budget discussion, the Farm Bill comes up as a means of cutting spending and balancing the budget. The amount of commodities available for Food Pantry for Woodford County can not keep up with the number of clients needing food supplies from our food pantry.
In response to this low inventory, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has decided to pull food items from our inventory to supplement the low commodity inventory. We were very fortunate at year-end, we received a generous supply of non-perishable food items from food drives from our schools, churches, businesses, scouts, local service organizations and the citizens of our community. All of the support was greatly appreciated.
Now we must turn to our community and others with a plea for support for food purchases for our clients. We will continue making purchases of milk, eggs, crackers, cereal, bologna, hot dogs, hamburger, cheese and margarine, but we will now need purchases of canned vegetables, fruit, soup, dry beans, canned beans, canned meat, and canned and dry pasta. Our community has always been very supportive of the food pantry and we need for this support to continue to meet a new challenge, a challenge where there is a need due to government policy changes and budget cuts that impact the low-income and food in-secure families of this community.
Please consider making a donation to help feed the hungry families and children of this community.