- Associated Press - Monday, July 11, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers from 15 southern states took time out of the Southern Legislative Conference to help the hungry.

Media outlets report that hundreds of volunteers packed meals Sunday morning at God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington.

Conference attendees have volunteered at the food bank for the past six years. This year, they hoped to break the SLC record and package 80,000 meals.

The meals will be distributed to 50 Kentucky counties.

Kentucky District 8 Senator Joe Bowen says the volunteers are doing collectively what they do individually as lawmakers in their own districts.

The lawmaker volunteers also presented God’s Pantry Food Bank with a check for $2,500.

The conference continues through Wednesday.

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