- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - A food drive to help organizations feed the hungry in Appalachia is planned next month.

Kentucky Power said in a statement that it has partnered with WYMT-TV and other local businesses and agencies to hold Power Up the Pantry for a second time. Last year, the event collected 7.5 tons (6.8 metric tons) of food and more than $17,000 in monetary donations, the statement said.

The daylong event is planned for April 3. Donations will benefit God’s Pantry Food Bank, which serves food pantries in eastern Kentucky, and Facing Hunger, which serves food pantries in northeastern Kentucky.

“This year we are reaching out to more businesses to encourage them to join the effort by collecting goods from employees and customers,” Kentucky Power spokeswoman Cindy Wiseman said. “We are coming out of winter when food pantries historically have more requests and often face critical shortages of food and supplies.”

One in six Kentucky residents struggles with hunger, according to God’s Pantry Executive Director Michael Halligan.



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