LaCenter, Ky - Over the next few weeks, Ballard County Farm Bureau will host its first ever food drive to benefit the Lighthouse Community Food Bank.
"One of our main objectives at Farm Bureau is to support the work of farmers who produce crops that feed communities all across the country," says Justin Puckett, Agency Manager. "And it's hard to believe, but there are people in our own community who don't have enough food in their pantries. We wanted to make a difference for these families, especially through the upcoming holiday season."
Donations of non-perishable food items and cash will be accepted at the Ballard County Farm Bureau office until Friday, December 8. All items donated will be gifted to the Lighthouse Community Food Bank in Wickliffe. Lighthouse Community Food Bank serves over 125 families each month, providing a reliable source of healthy food that helps supplement needy family's food budgets.
According to a 2017 study by Feeding America, in Ballard County, 1 in 7 households or 1200 residents are food insecure. This means that while they might not be going completely without food, they don't always know when or where that food will come from.
Frank Cage, Co-director of the program, says that the need is even greater during the holiday season, especially when students are out of school for Christmas break.
"Students are used to getting one or even two hot meals a day at school," Cage said, "but during the holidays, some students don't have access to enough food. That's where we can help."
Lighthouse Community Food Bank has been operating for over 9 years and distributes food each month to those in need. Distributions are currently held on the last two Fridays of each month from 9 am to noon.
"We are asking our Farm Bureau members to help us spread the love in this season of giving," Puckett continued, "it's a great opportunity to show our neighbors in need what being a part of Farm Bureau really means."