WYMT teams up with Kentucky Power, God’s Pantry Food Bank for Power Up the Pantry

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Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 9:31 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2021 at 5:02 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - WYMT is teaming up with Kentucky Power, God’s Pantry Food Bank and other local businesses to Power Up the Pantry and help replenish depleted food pantries in the region.

In 2019, the first year for the event, seven and a half tons of food and more than $17,000 was donated to the effort.

“We are grateful to come together with Kentucky Power, WYMT, and several other sponsors to help restock food pantries after a year where there has been a rise in food insecurity across Central and Eastern Kentucky,” shared Michael Halligan, CEO, God’s Pantry Food Bank. “It is heartwarming to see communities come together to make a difference in the lives of those experiencing hunger.”

The second event will be held all day long on August 26th. The donations will benefit God’s Pantry Food Bank and Eastern Kentucky community agencies served by Facing Hunger Food Bank.

Donations will be collected in Hazard, Pikeville and Prestonsburg which will be distributed by God’s Pantry Food Bank.

All sites will be open from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“We are encouraging everyone to join the effort by collecting food through their employer or community groups and customers,” said Bob Shurtleff, external affairs manager with Kentucky Power. “We are coming out of a really tough 18 months and with winter a few months away, we believe this a good time to get back in our communities and help replenish the food supply.”

Collection sites will be set up in the parking lots of ARH Medical Mall in Hazard and at Big Sandy Community and Technical College near the Science Center in Prestonsburg.

New drop-off sites were added at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville on the Main Street side, also in Ashland at Central Park at the end of Chuck Woolery Blvd.

God’s Pantry supplies more than 34.5 million pounds of food for pantries in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Facing Hunger serves people in Boyd, Greenup, Lawrence and Martin counties.

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