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Food pantry to close until MayFree Access

Lack of volunteers due to virus cited as reason

The Letcher County Food Pantry has closed its doors until May out of fear of the coronavirus and a lack of volunteers.
Director Vicki Holbrook announced the closing on Wednesday, April 1, after it became apparent that it was impossible to keep clients and staff separated in the small house where the food bank is located Madison Street in Whitesburg.
All of the volunteers are either retired or provided by the court system as part of community service requirements. The older people are not available because of the risk of being in public, and the court system has stopped providing workers because of the pandemic.
The pantry served over 400 families and more than 800 individuals last month.
“People who are newly laid off and don’t get food stamps, and the elderly – those are my biggest worry,” Holbrook said.
Pantry officials are trying to find a way to keep the pantry open, including distributing food outdoors.
Holbrook and food pantry secretary/treasurer Harold Bolling both said the biggest problem is a lack of volunteers.

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