CINCINNATI -- St. Vincent de Paul looks forward to this day like Christmas morning. That's because for the past seven years, a donation from Kroger and Miller Poultry has been a vital part of serving families in Cincinnati's West End and surrounding neighborhoods.
The donation of 13,500 pounds of frozen chicken and chicken sausage or 10,800 meals to help feed hungry families in Greater Cincinnati arrives Wednesday morning and will be split between St. Vincent de Paul and Shared Harvest Food Bank.
“I think it’s very critical. I mean we serve a large percentage of larger families so those people really appreciate it. I mean if you have six, seven people in your family to get a chicken as opposed to a hot dog, that’s huge,” said Bob Kamp, St. Vincent de Paul's building and food pantry manager.
St. Vincent DePaul provides emergency assistance and basic necessities to more than 120,000 people in need each year throughout Cincinnati, including food through its own food pantry and other parish-based food pantries and food closets.
Shared Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 7.4 million pounds of food, providing nearly 6 million meals to families in need through partnerships with food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in southwest Ohio.
According to food banks nationwide, meat and poultry are the most requested and least available foods. Miller Poultry and Kroger have partnered together for seven years to bring much needed protein to hungry families in Greater Cincinnati.