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Helping Food Pantry helps everyone

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By The Staff

"But just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us[a] - see that you also excel in this grace of giving."

-2 Corinthians 8:7

There are many worthy causes in the community, but it would seem logical that the issue of children not having enough to eat should rank near the top of the list.

If the Taylor County Food Pantry is just four weeks away from halting service due to a lack of funding, then it's obvious families in the community are going hungry - and it's going to do nothing but get worse.

Several churches support the pantry on a regular basis. And one local business gives its employees the option to defer some of their pay to the pantry. Food pantry officials say, thanks to Cox Interior employees, the pantry gets $1,000 to $1,500 a month in support that it wouldn't normally have.

What if others would participate in a program similar to what employees at Cox Interior do? Why couldn't we each donate a dollar a week? That's less than the cost of two soft drinks.

But if we multiply that $1 by even 1,000 of our 23,000-plus residents, that would quickly add up.

Families who use the food pantry are each eligible to pick up food every two months. That is food which would certainly help a family that's doing without.

But while all donations are welcome, volunteer Marietta Moyers says the food pantry needs money even more. Food is purchased in bulk quantities so that every family that is given food gets the same items.

To donate money to the food pantry, write a check payable to the Taylor County Ministerial Association and make a note that the donation is for the food pantry. Mail checks to P.O. Box 324, Campbellsville, KY, 42719. To donate food, call 465-7163 to schedule a drop-off time.

Officials say that about every two and a half years or so, the food pantry runs short and has to make an appeal to the community.

It's that time.