KBC to Present Gift to God's Pantry Food Bank Aug. 20, 2013

The Food Bank to Receive Gift from Generous Blood Donors

God's Pantry Food Bank

LEXINGTON, Ky. – More than 1,300 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 $6,918. The value of a KBC T-shirt, for instance, can feed someone for nearly four days.

“We’re pleased that this annual partnership with the Kentucky Blood Center continues to benefit so many in Central and Eastern Kentucky,” said God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO Marian Guinn “With a figure of six thousand dollars in donations we can turn that into over $60,000 in distributed food to our 50 county service area.”

KBC will present the check to God’s Pantry Food Bank on Jaggie Fox Way at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9.

“Hunger Action Month is in full swing, so the gift from Kentucky Blood Center comes at a heightened time in our community both locally and nationally, as we try to bring to the forefront the hunger epidemic that touches many neighborhoods in Central and Eastern Kentucky,” Guinn said.

“We have very generous donors,” ,” said KBC president and CEO Bill Reed. “They not only rolled up their sleeves to help Kentucky patients this summer, they also helped to feed hungry Kentuckians.”

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. Along with our network of nearly 300 member agencies the Food Bank serves 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky distributing $100 worth of food for every $10 donated. Last year, God’s Pantry Food Bank and its member agencies distributed more than 24 million pounds of groceries to more than 211,000 individuals, including 8 million pounds of fresh produce. 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.godspantryfoodbank.org or www.feedingamerica.org.