Beshears help hand out food boxes at Lexington church

kward1@herald-leader.comNovember 25, 2013 

Gov. Steve Beshear greeted Roger Cowan Monday night at Broadway Christian Church.

Most of the people who came through Broadway Christian Church Monday night didn't recognize the blonde lady who handed them a bag of eggs and margarine or the gentleman who grinned broadly and made sure they left with a box filled with all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving feast.

But Roger Cowan did.

He greeted Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear with a smile and posed for a picture with the governor.

"That's the first time I've seen him in person," Cowan said.

The Beshears were among about 60 volunteers who helped Monday with distributing food boxes at Broadway Christian Church through the God's Pantry Sharing Thanksgiving program.

More than 4,200 families were to receive boxes through the program this week. About 500 were expected to be handed out at Broadway Christian Monday night.

St. Luke United Methodist Church is also a distribution point, said Rebecca Price, external relations director for God's Pantry.

The families are referred to the program through local outreach agencies and were required to bring identification and a ticket to the church in order to receive their box. The boxes include canned goods, a turkey and bags of onions and potatoes, among other items.

The Beshears have helped with the distribution each year since Steve Beshear was elected.

"It's always a very rewarding experience," Beshear said.

Jane Beshear said she loves seeing the smiles on the faces of those picking up their baskets.

"This is what starts you in the holiday spirit," she said. "I think everybody ought to give during the holidays. This is a great way."

Harry Simpson said it made him feel good to see the governor at the event.

"I wasn't expecting to see him," Simpson said. "It's a beautiful thing that they can make a way (for people who need help) ... a work of the good Lord."

A number of local organizations are also serving Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. Some of them include:

■ Lexington's Nathaniel Mission will host a free community Thanksgiving meal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church on West High Street.

■ The Lexington Rescue Mission will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway Christian Church.

■ The Catholic Action Center will host a free community meal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Central Christian Church on East Short Street.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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