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When tornadoes strike, the first responder is the Red Cross and other emergency services. But after the storm passes, Feeding America's food banks often become the necessary group to help families rebuild their lives.
In Morgan County, Kentucky, before the tornado, God's Pantry Food Bank had a Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) distribution site and was working to establish a new pantry to open in West Liberty in April. When both facilities experienced significant damage in the February and March storms, they were able to shift supplies to Lick Fork to provide more food for pick-up as well as increased delivery service.
In Magoffin County, the site of the food pantry, the St. Luke Catholic Church building, is now gone. "Because phone and power lines were down, it took us a long time to connect with the priest to offer our support and inquire about their needs," said a member of God's Pantry Food Bank. "The loss of this pantry is significant for Magoffin County as the need before the tornadoes was already so great."
In order to fill the gap left by the destruction of this pantry, the food bank created a direct delivery service to help individuals in need.
In March, GreaterGood.org contributed more than $12,000 to God's Pantry Food Bank's Eastern Kentucky Tornado Relief fund and to another Feeding America member, Dare to Care Food Bank, which provides assistance to those living in north Kentucky and Indiana.
"As a food bank, we are continually serving people who are dealing with a crisis, whether it is a natural disaster or something as everyday as job loss or injury," wrote Rebecca Wallace from God's Pantry Food Bank. "Those kinds of emergencies get less press coverage, but are just as real to the people experiencing them. Throughout the year we are serving 211,000 people in fifty counties of Kentucky. They need us and we need you. Thank you for your support."
GreaterGood.org supports Feeding America and its member food banks through The Hunger Site's "Click Here To Give" program and other donations from the GreaterGood Network of websites as well as Gifts That Give More [tm].
Photos of food distribution in Salyersville provided by God's Pantry Food Bank.