Record Demand for Emergency Food Assistance


This is an excerpt from God’s Pantry web site (

God’s Pantry Food Bank is serving more clients and agencies than ever in its 56-year history and the need is certainly not diminishing as families living on the margins struggle to pay their heating bill during winter, feed their school-aged children during the holiday break and generally live day-to-day not knowing where they will find their next meal.

God’s Pantry Food Bank is asking the community to reach out to help these people in need. Financial giving, while not down from last year, is flat, while demand for service continues to rise. The Food Bank has seen record numbers of people visiting its emergency food pantries since late summer and has served 1,700 new client families since July 1.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of so many generous people in this community,” Guinn said. “However, even with that generous support, we are concerned about meeting the needs being presented to us this year. We continue to see more and more new faces entering a food pantry for the first time ever and we need additional support in order to meet all of the needs of this community.”
God’s Pantry Food Bank distributes food to a network of 275 member agencies, which includes food pantries, shelters, after-school programs and soup kitchens. These programs are designed to assist low-income households throughout 50 central and eastern Kentucky counties.

In August, the Food Bank’s five emergency food pantries in Lexington served more than 2,100 families, the highest total since the organization began serving Lexington’s neediest families in 1955.
For every $10 donation, God’s Pantry Food Bank can feed a person in need for two weeks. To make a secure online donation, visit here. Donations can also be made via mail to God’s Pantry Food Bank, 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY, 40511 or by calling 859-255-6592.

It is amazing to me to see the great number of people in need, and this number continues to rise.  I have a deep passion about those who do without.  We often think of ourselves as “having it rough” at times.  If we stop and think about it, what we consider to be “rough” is no comparison to those who do not have a dime to their name and have nowhere to turn for assistance.  This is especially true in light of the current economic environment. 

Thank God there is a place like God’s Pantry that exists to take the smallness of what we give and multiply it to help so many.  LexPro Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is a smaller, but growing, family owned business located right here in Lexington.  While we are not perfect, we do our best to provide the highest level of service to all our customers.  Even though we are not a large company, we believe it is our responsibility to reach out and do what God has placed on our hearts to do and be involved in something larger than ourselves. 

God has placed a desire on my heart to help others and I am committed to doing so wherever I possibly can.  This desire is why I have partnered with God’s Pantry and am incorporating every aspect of our business to do our part in making a difference.  With every plumbing, heating and air conditioning service call LexPro completes, every tune-up we perform, every repair we execute, and every system we install, we are committed to sharing monies received with God’s Pantry to feed as many families as possible. 

We are asking anyone who has need of the services we provide (plumbing, heating and air conditioning), to partner with LexPro in reaching out and helping others.  Not only will you feel a great sense of satisfaction, you will also receive award-winning service (from our office staff to our field personnel) AND help others in need at the same time.


David Foster
LexPro Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning