Food pantries built by Shepherdsville pastor to be placed at area elementary schools
Pastor Rob Beckett is currently building seven food pantries.
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- What started out as one food pantry at the Shepherdsville Nazarene Church will soon be a staple at several local schools.
With drilling and lots of love, Pastor Rob Beckett is expanding the pantries outside of the church. He heard about a similar program in Arkansas and decided to try it out here.
"We need to be touching and affecting people within our arm's length, and these things help us put it in our arm's lengths," Beckett said.
This simple food pantry with a latch is open 24 hours a day. It's a "Take what you need, and give what you can" box.
"You don't have to fill out no paperwork, don't have to ask anybody," Beckett said. "People come at 2, 3, 4 o'clock in the morning to get stuff out of it."
Amanda Carter is a pantry recipient and donor.
"It's a great opportunity from paycheck to paycheck," said Carter, who dropped off extra food Tuesday that was given to her family.
Pastor Beckett has helped her by just having this food pantry available.
"I recently got temporary custody of two children so that put a budget on us," Carter said. "It was great to come, and he helped with baby food. The baby was 11 months old, and I was able to get baby food for him, which is awesome.
"It means a lot. Not only is something helping me, but I'm able to help someone else as well."
Beckett says with Bullitt County School Board approval, he's now making food pantries to be put at Shepherdsville, Nichols, Lebanon Junction, Pleasant Grove and Cedar Grove Elementary Schools. Another will be put at a fire department, and he's making one for the Girl Scouts.
"This may be a child who doesn't go to bed hungry at night," said Neva Li, who regularly donates. "This might be an elderly person who doesn't have to cut down on what they're eating that week because they have this."
Four months after his first "Shepherds Pantry," Beckett is excited that the community support is spreading, as he talks to other churches who also want to participate.
"The need is everywhere," he said. "It's not just our county. It's everywhere around us."
Beckett is hoping the food pantries can be put up in Jefferson County and surrounding counties. He says the biggest need for food is at the beginning and end of each month.
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