COVINGTON, Ky. - Ten congregations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will deliver a truckload of non-perishable food to a Covington, Ky. food pantry on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The food drive by the congregations located in Northern Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana will benefit Be Concerned Inc. at just the right time.
“Our food supplies are very low at the current time and we are trying to help a growing number of people, so it’s wonderful that local Mormon congregations have elected to do a food drive for us now,” Paul Gottbrath, director of the pantry, said in a release.
The congregations have collected the food from members and neighbors and will also deliver a truckload of non-perishable goods from the Church’s regional food distribution center in Columbus, Ohio.
Additionally, church members and friends will be volunteering this week at Be Concerned, helping shoppers in the agency’s free pantry.
Be Concerned, located at 714 Washington Ave. in Covington, Ky., provides food to about 840 low-income families a month from Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties. Families shop monthly by appointment and receive $40 to $70 worth of food during each visit. Families may stay on the program as long as their need persists.
Be Concerned began as a Christmas program in 1968 and opened its free pantry in 1987. Last year, that program hosted 9,988 shopping visits and served nearly 820 families a month.