Hope Ministries Food Pantry - Open 2 days a week - Monday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
and Thursday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Clients come to the Food Pantry to be screened
and receive food. Vouchers to come to the food pantry can also be obtained at Community
Action at the Senior Citizen Center or through the secretary at First Christian Church
where clients are screened for assistance from the Ministerial Association of Woodford
In order to receive food from the Food Pantry, all clients must bring the following
information with them for food service. Proof of Woodford County residence whether
a bill, rent receipt, or bank statement, proof of income for all living in the household,
including children on disability (if there is no income, proof of food stamps, housing,
or utility assistance must be provided), and copies of Social Security Numbers for
all individuals in the household must be provided. Guidelines for food assistance
is based on the number of individuals living in the household and the income for
the entire household must also be reported in order for the families to receive government
Food distribution is based on family size. Clients of the Hope Ministries Food Pantry
receive the following food items:
1. Government commodities based on what items are available to the local food
2. Donated foods from individuals and churches (Cereal, crackers, peanut butter,
dinner or rice, and personal care items are distributed when there is plenty
of money to buy
these non-food items
3. Donated breads and pastries from Kroger
4. Milk and eggs purchased by the Food Pantry
5. Bologna, hot dogs, hamburger, margarine, and cheese purchased by the Food
6. There is always a table with extra items on it which are items the Food
Pantry does not stock
as necessary items
7. There are times when there are extra meat items for the clients due to donations
businesses, the Community Dinner surplus, or individuals who purchase turkeys
for the holidays, and we have been fortunate to receive meat items from
the Papa John’s Pizza warehouse in Louisville.
Each client will leave with approximately a week of food items to help supplement
their budget. All of the items listed above are considered the full service portion
of the food pantry. Our clients can only come 6 times a year for this full service.
The remaining 6 months of the year will be for whatever commodities are available
to this food pantry.
In 2014, this Food Pantry distributed 1,221 boxes of food to families with 3,130
Commodity Supplemental Food Program - for seniors age 60 and above
This food program began in 2010 with Woodford County receiving 48 food boxes. To
date we serve 96 food boxes on the first Tuesday of each month out of our brand new
food pantry building. God's Pantry brings in the commodity foods to make up the
96 food boxes with about 40 pounds of non-perishable food items and the clients will
also receive breads, pastries and fresh produce when available. This is the only
program where food is delivered to the clients and food is delivered by the Senior
Citizen Center to homebound clients and the volunteers make a delivery to Margaret
Hall for the clients who live there. The remainder of the food pantry clients come
to pick up their food box.
The qualifications for this food program are the client must be 60 years of age,
live in Woodford County, and meet the income requirements published by the Department
of Agriculture for food assistance. This food program is an application program
through the Director of the Food Pantry and there are currently 40 individuals on
the waiting list to participate on this program. This is a once a month food distribution.
For the calendar year of 2014, this program distributed 1,152 food boxes to 1,642
Food for Under Served Counties - None of us consider Woodford County to be an underserved
county, but based on the population of Woodford County (25,000+) and the percentage
for unemployment for the state of Kentucky (10%), Woodford County should have 2500
individuals served food on a monthly basis.
On the third Wednesday of each month, 144 food boxes are distributed at the new food
pantry building as part of the Food for Under Served Counties Program. The volunteers
of the Food Pantry are very fortunate to have the men of Kiwanis assisting with this
program and the Woodford County Jailer allows 3 or 4 inmates to do community service
with this program.
Again, God's Pantry brings in the commodity foods for this program and the clients
will receive commodities, frozen meats donated by Sam's Club or Costco and breads
and pastries donated by the same companies. The clients can also receive as many
as 3 fresh produce items. The clients receive large boxes of food at this food distribution.
This is a once a month food distribution.
The requirements for this food distribution are Woodford County resident and low
income. This program is not an application program, it is a first come first served
program. We work in the parking lot to sign up the carloads of families and when
the 144 number is reached, clients are turned away.
For 2014, 96,843 pounds of food was distributed for this program to 3,481 individuals.
Senior Citizens, anyone over the age of 60, can participate in all three of these
programs and receive commodities through these programs. Anyone under the age of
60 who comes to the food pantry after the truck in the park will not receive commodities
from the food pantry.
Based on all of this information, Hope Ministries Food Pantry volunteers distributed
218,176 pounds of food to those in need in Woodford County. These figures do not
include meals and food distributed by the Community Dinner under the direction of
Gary Jones, nor does it include the figures for the Back Pack Program administered
by the churches and schools of Woodford County.