Food banks popping up in unexpected places

A recent report by the Kentucky Food Bank Association shows more than 50,000 people get food from a food bank every week in our state. However, the need isn’t always where you’d expect it.

Food pantries are popping up at colleges and universities across the country. Murray State University added a pantry ‘Racers Helping Racers’ this year. It’s in partnership with Need Line food bank in Murray.

Student Life Director Renita Avery-Meriwether said they saw a need and added the program to help students succeed.

“If that means helping them and providing them with meals, then of course we are going to be them,” Avery-Meriwether said.

Any students can get food from the pantry or have it brought to them discretely.

“If they do not feel comfortable coming here that’s okay, we will take it to them wherever they feel comfortable gathering it,” Avery-Meriwether said.

The Kentucky Food Bank Association shows that one in seven Kentuckians receives emergency food assistance every year.

Avery-Meriwether said these canned goods have helped students in tough situations.

“One student had just enough money to pay for their tuition and fees and also their rent,” Avery-Meriwether said.

The food pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Its located on the 2nd floor of Blackburn Science Building in Room 244.

Need Line Food Bank said this new program hasn’t created a huge dent in their supply thanks to donations. However, they are in need of more items for their Christmas food boxes. They could use more eggs, meat, and cranberry sauce. To donate, just drop off food items to Need Line Food Bank located at 509 North 8th Street, in Murray.

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