• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Volunteers now wearing aprons to serve the hungry

FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS are wearing new aprons to serve hungry families in the community. From left, front, are Betty Dozier, Pam King, Doris Johnson, Ron Peters, Ralph Johnson, Jim Hughes and Sharon Hardin, director of the Food Pantry for Woodford County; back, Jeff Donoho, Bill Furlong, Bill Phelps, Jim Foster, Fred Gudger, John Thompson and Dick Brock. The aprons with the food pantry logo were donated by Troy Presbyterian Church. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

SENIORS LIVING ON FIXED INCOMES will receive baskets of commodity food items because of the efforts of volunteers with the Food Pantry for Woodford County. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Food Pantry for Woodford County volunteers began wearing aprons while serving the hungry in their community last week. Director Sharon Hardin described the orange aprons with the food pantry logo as a way to unify a group of volunteers who come from various churches and other groups in the community to feed the hungry. The aprons are a way for us to say, "We're all grateful to be able to help them through the efforts of the food pantry," she added. The 20 aprons were donated by Troy Presbyterian Church, and food pantry volunteers have also purchased long- and short-sleeved t-shirts as well as polo shirts with the food pantry logo. The aprons and shirts are all orange - the color for hunger awareness, said Hardin. Also, the Food Pantry for Woodford County recently received a new freezer. God's Pantry Food Bank will deliver 45 freezers to Central and Eastern Kentucky communities as part of state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles's Hunger Initiative. Agricultural lenders Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank provided the Kentucky Department of Agriculture with the 18 cubic-foot freezers for distribution to local food banks, according to a state Department of Agriculture press release. The Food Pantry for Woodford County now has four chest and six upright freezers, according to Hardin. She said the new chest freezer will provide space for hamburger purchased from God's Pantry Food Bank. The other freezers are used for commodity foods, she added. "We need the freezers to have those frozen meals, frozen vegetables, ice cream, extra things for our families," said Hardin. Because of freezer space, families are able to pick up beef, pork, chicken, turkey and other meats "they really want" from the Food Pantry for Woodford County, she said. The Food Pantry for Woodford County served 109 families in the community last month. Additionally, 108 seniors living on fixed incomes received about 40 pounds of commodity foods, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on the first Tuesday of each month. This past Tuesday morning, seniors receiving the food baskets also received additional foods including cans of vegetable soup donated to the Food Pantry for Woodford County.

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