The Nazareth Food Drive collected several items of food as well as more than $1,100 in monetary donations for the Bread for Life Community Food Pantry in Bardstown. Nazareth Campus Services Director Will Rosenbaum delivered the food and donation to the pantry, which is part of the St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Ministries, on Nov. 9, 2022. Pictured above are, from left to right, Christine Hovan, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Ministries; Sandy Camargo, Bread for Life Community Food Pantry manager; Will Rosenbaum, Nazareth Campus Services director.
Hovan and Camargo said donations to the pantry have declined in recent months but the number of individuals and families the pantry serves continues to climb as food prices rise. Donations of nonperishable foods help stock the pantry, which is designed as a grocery store where clients can “shop” for the items they want and need. Monetary donations also go a long way in keeping the pantry stocked, Camargo said.
To demonstrate how monetary donations and the pantry’s “buying power” through Feeding American and other suppliers work, Camargo set up a display on a table in the pantry. On the left shows what $20 worth of groceries looks like in retail value compared to the amount of food a $20 donation to the pantry can purchase, shown on the right.
Rosenbaum said the visual is a helpful depiction of the pantry’s impact on feeding local households.