BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- United Way of Southern Kentucky kicked of its "Feed the Need" food drive today in Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties.
Community Action of Southern Kentucky may not be the first place you think of when you're looking for a food pantry, but the organization provides various programs that support low-income families throughout South Central Kentucky, and when there's a need for food, community action steps in to provide.
"This program really helps to stock our food pantries. Right now, we have virtually nothing, and there's a need out there for people constantly coming in saying we need this or we need that," said Community Action of Southern Kentucky Community Services Programs Specialist Frances Thornton.
One way they get that food, is through United Way of Southern Kentucky's annual "Feed the Need" drive, something that couldn't happen without the support of local businesses.
"With the economic downturn that occurred in the 2008- 2009 time period, the United Way thought it would be great to do a food drive to help those who are unfortunate in our community. As it turns out, of course, that opportunity doesn't go away, so they've continued the drive, and we're very pleased to be a part of it," said BB&T Bowling Green Market President Rick Wilson.
Wilson says it's something everyone, not just employees at each BB&T branch, can be a part of.
"People that have a chance to come in, will be able to see those boxes from later February to later March, and alot of times, they'll see the box. They'll ask about it, and they'll bring food back next time," said Wilson.
The law offices of English Lucas Priest and Owsley don't just stop at their food drive, they also help distribute the collected items.
"We usually volunteer. We either staff a grocery store collection, or we go to the Salvation Army and sort the items. That's the best part is seeing all that food rolling in and knowing it's going to go the food pantries and agencies that need to be restocked after a long hard winter," said ELPO attorney Kenly Ames.
Since 2009, feed the need has collected almost 250,000 non-perishable food items. The food drive will continue until March 21, and it's not too late sign up to host an drive at your business or or donate to a participating one.
For more on how you can help, see the related link.