Lawrence Referral Network teams up with Just Food to fight hunger in Douglas County

Volunteers Gene Gibson, front left, and William Chapman, front right, bring boxes of food and personal care items to the back of a truck as cars file into line during a Feed The Children distribution on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in the parking lot of Just Food, 1000 E. 11th St. Feed The Children delivered two semi tractor-trailers full of supplies that were designed to help 800 Douglas County families for one week. About 350 families picked up a donation Wednesday.

Volunteers Gene Gibson, front left, and William Chapman, front right, bring boxes of food and personal care items to the back of a truck as cars file into line during a Feed The Children distribution on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in the parking lot of Just Food, 1000 E. 11th St. Feed The Children delivered two semi tractor-trailers full of supplies that were designed to help 800 Douglas County families for one week. About 350 families picked up a donation Wednesday. by Nick Krug

Lawrence Referral Network (LRN) is a local Lawrence non-profit business referral group which meets on Tuesdays at the Clinton Pkwy Hy-Vee Conference Room at 11:30am. Sixty percent of the dues collected from the members of LRN are given to local charities and non-profit organizations a couple times a year.

This week at their meeting, LRN will be donating $150 to Just Food, the food bank in Douglas County.

“We are grateful for partnerships like the Lawrence Referral Network who understanding the importance of giving back to the community. Being able to use this money during a time in which donations seem to be down is much appreciated,” Jeremy Farmer, Chief Executive Officer of Just Food says.

It is sometimes difficult to believe that hunger exists in Douglas County. Most people think of hunger in terms of famine and mass starvation – terrible tragedies, but not something that affects people each and every day in our community.

Hunger in our community is often more subtle. It’s a child who stuffs their pockets during lunch at school so they have food to eat at home in the evening. It’s a parent who is – ironically – overweight, because sugar and carbohydrate-laden foods are often the least expensive at the grocery store. It’s a senior citizen who goes without food in order to buy medicine, further jeopardizing their already fragile health.

The reality is that there are hungry people in Douglas County. Just Food provides food assistance to nearly 8,000 people each month through its four programs: food pantry, mobile food pantry, commodity distribution and partner organizations. More than 40% of those are children and senior citizens.

LRN’s contribution on May 22 will go to help provide 750 meals for malnourished families in Douglas County.

About Just Food – Just Food, the food bank in Douglas County, serves 8,000 residents each month through its food pantry, mobile food pantry, federal commodity distribution and partner organization program. For more information, visit http://www.justfoodks.org or call 785-856-7030.

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