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Lexington food distribution enters its 44th week

Volunteers in Lexington are in their 44th week helping families through the food insecurity...
Volunteers in Lexington are in their 44th week helping families through the food insecurity crisis.(Beatriz Reyna)
Published: Feb. 26, 2021 at 5:11 PM CST
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LEXINGTON, Neb. (KNOP) - Feeding America is projecting at least 50 million Americans are facing hunger as a result of the pandemic.

In Lexington, volunteers are in their 44th week helping families through this crisis.

It’s a partnership between the Lexington Community Foundation and Orthman’s Manufacturing that started in April with hot meals and has now expanded to a food distribution. They serve up to 850 households each week and organizers don’t see the food insecurity crisis going away anytime soon.

“We are challenged all of the time with our demographics and the households that we have, so there are always needs for assistance and food” said LCF executive director Jackie Berke. “With the pandemic, there are losses of work and illnesses which has even further crippled the expendable dollars that some of these households have had, so being able to provide them with food on a weekly basis is a relief to them.”

The distribution is held every Thursday. The program, which was set to expire in April, is now extended through May.

This story will be featured on NBC on Saturday when Gray Television partners with the Grand Ole Opry and Circle TV to raise money to help feed people who have been affected by extreme weather across several states this month and those who are facing food insecurity because of the ongoing pandemic.

All proceeds raised during a live Grand Ole Opry broadcast will benefit Feeding America, an organization that supports 200 food banks and more than 60,000 food pantries across the U.S.

The broadcast will air on NBC at 8 p.m.

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