MIDDLE FORK – The Water Into Wine Food Pantry, based out of the Lakefront Church of God in the former Middle Fork Elementary school, announced last week that they are now partnering with the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) in order to provide more services for the community.
With the new partnership, Jeff Tackett, with Water Into Wine, said they will be able to renovate in order to accommodate the shipments, creating a loading dock for the trucks and making space for the inventory.
“This really takes us to an all new ballpark, updating what we can give out and how many people we can serve,” Tackett said.
Currently the pantry serves between 600 and 800 families on a monthly basis, operating solely on donations from local churches and individuals.
Through the additional resources from CAP’s Operation Sharing Warehouse, this new partnership will allow the pantry to increase the frequency of food distribution and add to the variety of fruits, vegetables, breads and canned goods that are available.
Water Into Wine is CAP’s first food pantry partner in Magoffin. CAP’s Operation Sharing currently collects and distributes $70+ million in goods annually to another 1.5 million people in need throughout the 13 Appalachian states, as well as to people in need in Missouri and Arkansas. This is done through a network of more than 1,200 partner agencies and churches that redistribute these essential items, including food and beverages, office and cleaning supplies, furniture, paper goods and building materials.
CAP is the largest human services organization serving Appalachia, exclusively working in conjunction with partner agencies to promote dignity and independence among residents. The partnership with Water Into Wine helps both organizations expand services to families struggling with food insecurity in Eastern Kentucky, according to the press release from CAP.
More about the Water Into Wine Food Pantry
Water Into Wine was chartered by the Lakefront Church of God and God’s Food Pantry to provide emergency food distribution in the Magoffin County region and is the only God’s Food Pantry location in Magoffin.
The pantry receives free food from God’s Pantry and the Servants of Our Lord’s Midwest Food Bank (picked up in Stanton), and hauls food from Lexington, Stanton, Morehead, Prestonsburg and London every week. In addition to the donated food items, the pantry also purchases products to distribute, such as meats, that can be purchased at a cost of $0.19 per pound.
Additionally, the pantry is one of the only pantries in Kentucky that is certified on the food harvesting program called “Meals Connect,” which will allow them to harvest foods from pizza places, delis and buffets.
Water Into Wine is one of the only pantries in the area with a mobile app that alerts Apple and Android users of food surplus at the pantry. Magoffin residents can also go online and register their family at www.waterintowinefoodpantry.weebly.com.
The pantry has recently applied for a $25,000 grant to upgrade freezer and cooler storage space, which if awarded would help them store food longer.
Magoffin County residents with no transportation can utilize the Sandy Valley Transportation to get rides to and from the pantry ($1 each way).
While Water Into Wine is located in the Lakefront Church, it is a separate entity with its own 501c3. The pantry has approximately 75 volunteers a month to assist in the food distribution.