COVINGTON, Ky. — One Northern Kentucky agency hopes to raise $4 million for the region's nonprofits. Right now, area charities are being stretched thin as more people rely on their services during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Be Concerned Food Pantry, Kentucky's largest and longest-running food pantry with locations in Erlanger and Covington, serves dozens of people every day and relies completely on donations.
"Our base mission here is to respect the humanity and dignity of all people," said Be Concerned, Inc. executive director Andy Brunsman.
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the work at local food pantries rolls on in order to meet a demand that grows by the day.
"What's happening is as we're getting more and more requests for help, as donations from retail providers are down because we're all going out and buying everything that we need. We really need money to buy stuff for the first time," Brunsman said.
A financial boost from a new coronavirus relief fund would be crucial to Be Concerned. The Horizon Community Funds for Northern Kentucky hopes to raise $4 million to assist nonprofit organizations in Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties.
"We're a public charity," said Nancy Grayson, president of The Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky. "We really exist to help people come together around needs and causes that are impacting the Northern Kentucky community."
Through pre-commitments gathered in the last week and a half, the fundraising is nearly halfway to the total.
"We've still got a long way to go," Grayson said. "Every dollar makes a difference. This is a time for all of our community to step up."
It's a step that could help many charities in Northern Kentucky keep moving forward in this time of need.
"We would buy stuff and give it right back out to folks, because that's what we're here for," Brunsman said.
If you or someone you know is in need of food from Be Concerned, you're asked to call and set up an appointment.