Clayton James, Larry Carpenter and Samantha Hunt move produce in preparation for a pickup from Gateway Helping Hands.

SHARKEY – Over 200 families were provided with a box full of canned goods, eggs, butter, stuffing, dessert mixes, cornbread mix and more, along with a large turkey, potatoes and juice.

Thanks to the work of several volunteers at God’s Pantry Food Bank, these families will now be able to have a Thanksgiving meal.

Rebecca Messer says this is the second year the Morehead Distribution Center has partnered with local agencies and provide meals to families in need.

“I love helping people,” Messer said. “It could be your neighbor that needs help.”

Messer serves as the director of the facility and felt the call to help others. The Elliot County native previously studied nursing until she switched to business administration. She now lives at Hayes Crossing.

The Lexington-based non-profit opened its Morehead facility in the John Will Stacy MMRC Regional Business Park about four years ago.

Since then, it has worked with local agencies to provide food for families in need and this Thanksgiving was no different.

In addition to food, the Family Dollar distribution center located nearby often delivers up to 27 pallets of household, hygiene and cleaning supplies.

Messer would like to see more agencies utilize the pantry’s resources but there is a list of qualifications to meet before they can be taken advantage. That list can be found online at God’s Pantry website:

Samantha Hunt, Larry Carpenter, Clayton James, Johnny Moore, Donny Messer, Kirsten Purvis, Julie Stevens, and Messer were on hand to help with Monday’s distribution.

Cory Claxon can be reached at or by telephone at (606) 784-4116.

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