Center short on hams for Christmas baskets

Published 1:11 pm Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Only 15 more hams are needed for The Community Service Center for Wilmore – High Bridge to meet their goal of feeding 100 neighborhood families.

Since 1982, the community service center has served the community by providing various items and services. This year, there seems to be a shortage of hams for the Christmas Food Baskets.

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“For Thanksgiving, we try to get a turkey for the families or a ham for Christmas,” said Rachel Powdrill, director of the community service center.

During other months, the food pantry gives out fresh produce and vegetables that are donated by Walmart and Kroger three days a week. The pantry also receives government assistance once a month in the form of commodities — items such as dry items and drinks in packages.

Fitch’s IGA of Wilmore has already begun collecting funds to help with the Christmas ham shortage.

People can donate $15 to cover the cost of a ham by scanning a special postcard at the register, Powdrill said.

The Community Service Center for Wilmore – High Bridge does more than just give out food.

They also provide winter coats to children in need, facilitate jobs for the unemployed, teach budgeting to the disadvantaged, deliver lunches to shut-ins, create volunteer opportunities, help with shelter expenses, provide assistants to help pay utility bills for those in the 40390 area code, and operate a thrift store and the food pantry.

“Food donated this month will be used for January,” Powdrill said. “Anything brought in will defiantly be used and will be given to these local families.”

For more information on the Community Service Center for Wilmore – High Bridge, visit