Food pantry needs a helping hand

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]

TOLLESBORO — A food pantry in Lewis County which lends a hand to those in need is asking for a hand in return.

Tollesboro’s Lending a Helping Hand food pantry is an organization in Lewis County that serves the less fortunate by providing food and other commodities to members of the community. The non-profit group receives much of its supplies from donations and other food pantry groups. While Lending a Helping Hand is a great boon to the community, George Calvert, president of the organization, wishes participation from the community was in greater supply to fill the pantry with donations.

“It’s been the hardest I’ve ever seen in trying to get food,” Calvert said.

According to Calvert, Lending a Helping Hand has been serving the community for nearly 16 years. He said around 300 families a month all around the county are given help by the group. Much of the donations they receive come monthly from local churches and the occasional community member.

On top of donations, Calvert said the group also purchases commodities from God’s Pantry, and spends nearly $800 to $1,000 a month for supplies. Being such a great help in the community, Calvert, along with other members of the organization, would very much like so see a greater community participation.

Lending a Helping Hand accepts many items for donations, ranging from clothes, furniture, dishes, food and other commodities, although non-perishable food items are preferred. Monetary donations are also accepted, and can be made to Lending a Helping Hand, or its parent organization Caring for Others, at P.O. Box 364 Tollesboro, Ky., 41189. For more information, contact Calvert at 606-798-2113.

Jonathan Wright

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