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Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield .
“ We appreciate Martin Hatfield and his entire office for the time that they give ,” she said .
The meals that God ’ s Food Pantry puts out are “ meal kits ” – a package of canned and frozen foods that people pick up and cook at home .
Russell said in mid-November that the food to put in those kits has already been
ordered and is on standby . Because of supply chain issues , many food banks and Christmas meal planners are expecting problems sourcing staples like meats .
But God ’ s Food Pantry made an effort to plan ahead , she said . The vegetables have already come in , their meats are already sitting in freezers , and their Christmas meals should be good to go soon .
The food has already been paid for as well for the most part , she said . “ It ’ s our most expensive meal of the year ,” with the pantry easily spending around $ 30,000 just for that one meal .
Signups to receive those dinners opened on November 1 , and will end on December 3 . Those interested can sign up directly at the God ’ s Food Pantry building , located at 119 Central Avenue .
The staff of the Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield ’ s Office is seen here in 2019 helping to pack up meal kits at God ’ s Food Pantry . The office will be helping again this year with putting together the pantry ’ s Christmas meals .

Living Bread Soup Kitchen

The Living Bread Soup Kitchen operates out of Cornerstone Baptist Church at 512 Ogden Street . The group of volunteers puts together free hot meals every Tuesday and passes them out between 3 p . m . and 4 p . m . ( or whenever they run out of food ).
But on December 14 , Living Bread will have something a little bit extra special . They are not only offering a hot meal to anyone who needs it , but they will be giving out free toys , too – curtesy of Toys for Tots .
Anyone who wants to help can donate new toys at one of several places : Southern Dental Group , Buis Appliance , Kemper Furniture and the main Somerset branch of Forcht Bank .
Donations will be taken until December 10 .
To sign up to receive toys , people need to email help4christmastoys @ gmail . com .
According to Living Bread organizer Gina Gaylor , last year the organization helped more than 800 kids . This year , they have already received 200 emails .
People need to tell the organization how many children they have , and what ages they are .
When they go to the church on the 14th to pick up their toys , they can also pick up an extra special warm meal as well . Living Bread volunteers will serve a ham dinner , thanks to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital donating several hams
“ That really helps us out because we are usually running low on funds at that time of year ,” Gaylor said .
Other businesses usually help out with
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