FCC Food Pantry relocates to West Perry Street

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By Brian Riddle

The Owenton First Christian Church Food Pantry opened its doors to serve the people of Owen County on a monthly basis in 2011.
First sponsored by a grant from the Free Store Food Bank, the pantry quickly outgrew the tables set up each month in the church parking lot and moved to a small building on Seminary Street. A delivery each month provides enough food for 100 families in Owen County. The food includes a balance of meat, breads, pastas, canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as some sweets. Local community butchers provide seasonal meats as well.
In May, the Pantry began moving into a new location at 106 W. Perry St., the former state highway department building. The new location makes it more accessible for the workers to unload the food each month and provide adequate storage. The pantry is operated by all volunteers from the church and other local volunteers.
Food for the pantry is trucked in once a month from a food bank located in Cincinnati. The Free Store Food Bank is the largest emergency food and service provider to children and families in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. The Free Store Food Bank serves 400 community partners located in 20 counties in the tri-state, that includes food kitchens, homeless shelters, social service centers and food pantries like the one operated by First Christian Church.
Owen County residents may call 502-484-3451 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., on Tuesdays prior to the third Saturday of the month to be eligible for the food. After calling, the eligible recipients will be given an appointment time to pick up their food between 10 a.m.-noon, on the following Wednesday or Saturday. The food pantry serves Owen County residents and is based on need, not income.