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University of the Cumberlands Mountain Outreach hosts Easter food give-away


Members of the Mountain Outreach team delivered food for Easter to needy families in Whitley County.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - Students from University of the Cumberlands Mountain Outreach (MO) are using food baskets and vouchers to share the good news of the Gospel this Easter season. On Tuesday, April 19, MO student volunteers met to hand out these baskets to one-hundred needy families in Whitley County.

MO has been receiving donations specifically for this Easter, according to Marc Hensley, MO director. “The food is purchased from Save-A-Lot in Williamsburg,” said Hensley. “They have worked with us for the past five years making sure that we get two-for-one deals. They give us the meat at their cost, and the employees really assist us in the design of the boxes for nutritional value as well as practical value.”


Nicole McGinnis (Monticello, Ky) delivers food to a family and plays with the little girls Easter present, a baby duck!

In addition to the food that is given primarily to families with real need, food vouchers are given that are used to get things such as a turkey or ham, a bag of potatoes, rolls, vegetables, bread or milk. Hensley explained that the student volunteers were responsible for purchasing the food items and making the boxes.

“Since the students are obligated to classes and other things on campus, they have really had to put forth an effort to see it through,” Hensley said. “We have spent several late evenings shopping and organizing. The timeliest part is delivering. Travel throughout Whitley County takes a while, but they have done a tremendous job.”

UC senior Stephanie Florence, member of Persimmon Grove Baptist Church in Alexandria, Ky., participated in the food give-away. “I felt very blessed to have had the opportunity to deliver food baskets to several well deserving families in the community,” Florence said. “This simple blessing will go a long way to help them during this Easter season.”

MO has decided that this is an important need in the Whitley County area: a need that they can help meet. “The folks that receive these foods are folks we know, and folks that have been identified through resource centers, local churches and social services agencies,” Hensley said.

Typically, Mountain Outreach primarily focuses on the physical needs of the community, making home repairs and building homes each summer. “Over the span of time that MO has been helping families, we have established a relationship with a number of people,” Hensley explained. “We try and keep a check on these folks to make sure they are doing as well as they can. We know that while we are responsible for their housing needs and concerns, we need to be mindful of other aspects of their wellbeing.”