Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County Celebrates Four Decades of Community Support
Since 1981, the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County has been providing food assistance to community members through a vital network of churches, community organizations, and social service agencies. Over the past ten years alone, more than 1,710,000 meals have been distributed to those facing hunger.
The Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County operates entirely on a volunteer basis, with volunteers handling administrative tasks and fulfilling food requests on a daily basis. The food distributed by the pantry is made possible through donations, grants, local farmer contributions, and collections from nearby food businesses.
Food assistance requests are submitted by partner organizations and churches, and are carefully reviewed by the Resource Office for Social Ministries. The Emergency Community Food Pantry greatly appreciates the support and collaboration of ROSM, as well as the dedication of its numerous partner organizations. Special thanks are extended to Buck Run Baptist Church, Capital City Christian Church, First Christian Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Memorial Baptist Church, Point Community Church, Salvation Army, and Simon House, who accept food applications from anyone in Frankfort and Franklin County. Individuals in need of food can contact any of these organizations for access to the Emergency Community Food Pantry’s services.
Remaining true to the initial vision set forth by social-service professionals Jane Quire, Terri Fadse, and Alice LeMaster in 1981, the organization provides individuals and families with one week’s worth of meals upon request. Moreover, families with young children are eligible for vouchers to purchase groceries from Save-A-Lot and, since 2019, from the Franklin County Farmers Market. In recent times, the Emergency Community Food Pantry has expanded its outreach efforts, including mini-meal distributions to families through the Backpack Snacks Program, a fresh-food “prescription” initiative in collaboration with the Franklin County Health Department and Mission Clinic, and annual neighborhood food drop-offs targeting areas with high levels of food insecurity.
Introducing the Inaugural Debbie Young Award
In honor of Debbie Young, a dedicated volunteer who sadly passed away this year, the Emergency Community Food Pantry has established the Debbie Young Award. This award aims to recognize individuals in the community who contribute to advancing the organization’s mission of alleviating hunger.
The inaugural Debbie Young Award is being bestowed upon the entire team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly with the Emergency Community Food Pantry throughout the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 60 volunteers have graciously given their time to fill food requests, organize and staff neighborhood food drop-offs, collect food donations, stock pantry shelves, maintain the food pantry building, and assist with various other tasks. The 2021 Debbie Young Award is dedicated to each of them and in memory of Debbie Young and Tom Cockley.
Current Food Drives
Thank you for visiting the Emergency Community Food Pantry’s website. We sincerely hope that your interest will translate into a desire to help us combat hunger in Franklin County, KY.
Operating solely with the help of over 50 dedicated volunteers, the pantry is not staffed by paid employees. Generous individuals from churches, social groups, businesses, and compassionate neighbors like yourself donate groceries and/or money to keep the food pantry operational. We invite you to join our team in whatever capacity you can. Please refer to our webpage How You Can Help for more information.
You can make a difference in feeding the hungry by participating in either one or both of the following free donation programs below. When you shop at either Kroger or Amazon, they will contribute cash to the Food Pantry on your behalf. It won’t cost you anything, yet it will greatly assist us in purchasing groceries.
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