Christian Appalachian Project’s Eagle Food Pantry serving nearly 1,000 people
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Additional programs meet needs in McCreary County
Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) recently hosted an open house for the public at Eagle Community Center to showcase Eagle Food Pantry’s new expansion, in addition to other programs the organization offers in McCreary County.
“This pantry has been beneficial for not only the community, but our entire county,” said Joseph Beaudoin, manager of Eagle Food Pantry. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this pantry, and I am proud of the CAP staff who have helped it grow to what it is today.”
Eagle Food Pantry opened for the Parkers Lake community in June 2021. At its opening, CAP staff anticipated at least 800 families in the area needed pantry services. Today, the pantry serves more than 300 families, or nearly 1,000 individuals.
The new 2,760 square foot expansion broke ground shortly after the pantry’s opening to better serve the anticipated needs of the community. The expansion includes office spaces, a covered area for drive-thru service, a shopping area that provides participants the opportunity to select what they need for their families, freezer space for perishable items like meats, and a loading dock to accommodate large deliveries for the pantry.
For some participants, it can be hard to coordinate transportation to the pantry, or they may fall sick or do not feel comfortable shopping in the pantry, said Kathy Perry, coordinator of Eagle Food Pantry. Because of this, the pantry now also offers delivery services to its participants.
“We know how critical this food is for our participants, and our delivery service is an area where we have tried to fill the gap and meet the need of children, their families, and seniors here in McCreary County,” Perry said. “We are doing everything we can to fight hunger and feed hope in our community. We all work together as a team to make it happen with God’s help.”
The Eagle Community Center is also home to other CAP programs that are offered in McCreary County:
Home Repair: CAP offers home repairs to achieve safe, warm, and dry living conditions for families and individuals who could not otherwise afford them. Professional crews, including industry-trained crew leaders working with volunteers, perform major and minor repairs and construction.
Family Advocacy: CAP’s Family Advocacy Program provides short-term emergency assistance, relief for utility bills, household goods, and referrals for people in need of shelter, food, or clothing. The program works closely with other CAP programs and community-based organizations to assist in meeting the needs of families while focusing on preserving dignity and encouraging self-help.
Elderly Services: CAP provides elderly and individuals with disabilities companionship, increased mobility, and support. CAP’s focus is to increase socialization for otherwise isolated elderly community members and strengthen the network of support for families and agencies already working with them.
SPARK: Scholastic Preparation, Arts, and Recreations for Kids, or SPARK, is an after-school program offered to children ages 5 to 17 and offers enrichment activities such as homework support, story time, arts and crafts, games and playtime, field trips, guest speakers, special events, and more.
Family Life Counseling Service: CAP offers counseling services to families and individuals in Eastern Kentucky. Our counselors are professionally licensed and possess a broad base of experience, education, and training.
Volunteer Program: The Eagle Community Center offers lodging for groups and individuals looking to serve with CAP. The Volunteer Program has a variety of service opportunities that can range from one week to one year.
For more information about CAP’s programs or how to request services, call 1.866.270.4227 or visit christianapp.org.