Farmers to Families gives out 360 food boxes in Estill County

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 4:52 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Food insecurity was a major concern for Kentucky long before the pandemic. The need is even greater now, with unemployment at an all-time high, and many families are struggling to make ends meet.

With help from the Save the Children organization, some Estill County families have food on the table.

“We started out that first week not really knowing what kinds of reception that we would get but we knew that people need help right now,” PR coordinator Teresa Dawes said.

School faculty and staff are tearing down the stigma of food insecurity, and uplifting their neighbors.

“It lets people know that we have their back even though we don’t know them,” 10th grader Olivia Thomas said.

They gave out 360 boxes packed full of nutritious food today. It’s not lost on Estill County High School Food Service Director Belinda Puckett how much families rely on school for meals.

“When we’re in school on a normal basis you know the hungry ones, so we have really worried about those kids. So we feel like this is another way of helping hopefully those families who really need the food,” Puckett said.

The volunteers are staying hands-on, with a hands-off approach. No questions, qualifications or judgement. With the pop of a trunk, they have meals to put on the table.

But it’s more than what’s inside the box.

“That’s what I love about this small community setting, especially when you get something like a blessing like everybody just wants to help each other,” Dawes said.

Every family received 10 pounds of produce, plenty of protein, one gallon of milk and dairy products.

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