Our seven cooperative principles play a part in our daily decisions. This ties directly to our principle of commitment to community. We know hunger affects many people in our communities. According to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, 1 in 6 Kentuckians does not always know where their next meal will come from. More than 1 in 5 of Kentucky’s children lack consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle.
Our members are included in these staggering statistics so it was our pleasure to support God’s Pantry Food Bank and Harrison County Food Pantry as our 2016 charities.
Through many employee-led efforts and the help of our members, we raised $20,160.71 to help feed our communities.
A variety of fundraising events were held throughout the year. Coin jars, food drives, and silent auctions were just a few.
The buying power of God’s Pantry Food Bank is much greater than what an individual can purchase themselves. For every $1 donated, they can purchase eight (8) meals.
That means our donation purchased 161,285 meals for members who are food insecure.
“Hunger affects many of our members, right in our own communities. It is a blessing that we can help people have a meal and give back,” says Mike Williams, president & CEO of Blue Grass Energy. “It is what our purpose is all about—making life better, the cooperative way.”
Partnerships are at the core of our mission at God’s Pantry Food Bank. We are able to touch the lives of more than 200,000 Kentuckians each year because of our partnerships with so many in the communities we serve. Working together in 2016 with Blue Grass Energy has been a great way for us to not only share the opportunity to join in as a partner in the fight against hunger, but also to continue to impact the lives of those living in the communities where you live and work.
Rebecca R. Wallace
Development Director, God’s Pantry Food Bank
The Harrison County Food Pantry located in Cynthiana has been a recipient of monetary and food donations, and we so appreciate both. It is people like your business and other businesses and individuals that keep our doors opened, our shelves stocked, and perishables in our refrigerators and freezers.
“There will always be a need for food in our community. The Bible tells us this and it is our mission to try our best to eliminate this problem as much as possible. This past year (2016), we served almost 2,500 families and when broken down, that amounts to almost 7,000 people. God bless each of you and this whole community for helping in this endeavor. Thanks again for everything you do for us.
Director, Harrison Co. Food Pantry