KBC to Present Gift to God's Pantry Aug. 20, 2012

God's Pantry to Receive Gift from Generous Blood Donors

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Nearly 1,500 blood donors not only gave the gift of life this summer but generously provided food for hungry Kentuckians, too.

When they gave blood in July, these donors opted not to take their Kentucky Blood Center thank you gift. KBC, in turn, donated the value of those items to God’s Pantry Food Bank, a gift which totaled $6,935.50. The value of a KBC T-shirt, for instance, can feed someone for nearly four days.

KBC will present the check to God’s Pantry Food Bank on Jaggie Fox Way at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.  

“This was a great opportunity for KBC and our donors,” said KBC president and CEO Bill Reed. “Besides saving lives, our donors gave even more, and Kentucky patients and hungry families in our region both benefited.”

To find a donation location or to schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.

About Kentucky Blood Center

KBC, the largest FDA regulated blood bank in Kentucky, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. KBC relies on volunteers to donate 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood components.

About God's Pantry Food Bank

The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources. We serve 50 counties of central and eastern Kentucky and distribute $10 worth of food for every $1 donated. Last year, God’s Pantry Food Bank and its member agencies distributed more than 22.8 million pounds of groceries to more than 211,000 individuals. God’s Pantry Food Bank is a member of Feeding America. Through community partnerships and distribution of food to 50,000 agencies, Feeding America collectively works to assure that people in need have access to a balanced diet. For more information visit us at http://www.godspantry.org or www.feedingamerica.org.