OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) A group of Owensboro business leaders starts a new food pantry to help people get what they need.
This pantry is not in a building, but at a park.
In one corner of Germantown Park lies this little pantry.
A little food pantry that can make a big difference.
“This area needs to have some other way to get food to people who are in need,” says Nancy Connor, a member of First Christian Church.
The little food pantry, near the intersection of East 9th and Crittenden Streets, was started by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Young Professionals and First Christian Church. People needing food, socks, and other items can get them, or even donate them at any time.
“Underwear and socks are the biggest items most needed by homeless people and people that don’t have much money,” says Connor.
“One thing that we’ve seen, and I think in any community if you open your eyes, you’re going to see it, is there’s a definite need. There’s a need for basic things in people’s lives,’ adds Jaclyn Graves of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.
Connor says her church’s pantry sees dozens of customers every month needing the basic necessities they may not be able to afford. She thinks the pantry can give more than food.
“We try to give them hope. I think the food is a way to bridge the gap to some monetary help and their next check,” she says.
“When you think about how terrifying it is to be struggling for food, especially when you have a family, it really is a scary situation. So, to know that someone may come here and really change where their life is going in that moment, in the direction of that, it’s really comforting,” Graves adds.
(This story was originally published on July 10, 2019)