COLD SPRING, Ky. — Over $600,000 in food has gone to those in need across portions of the state at St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky.

What You Need To Know

  • St. Vincent de Paul helps those in need in northern Kentucky

  • So far in 2023, the organization has given out more than $640,000 in food to those in need

  •  Iinflation is driving the need for many people 

  • Shelves stay stocked as much as possible thanks to partners and others in the community

Becca Gerding is a site manager for the organization’s Cold Spring Thrift Store and Pantry. She’s been part of the team for almost three years. She helps welcome people into the store and pantry buildings. Inside the pantry there hangs a signs showcase how many people were helped last month. The Cold Spring location helped 182,000 households in July. It serves as a reminder to those coming in for help that they aren’t alone.

“Sometimes, your neighbor—you may not realize it, but they might be missing a meal because they’re trying to feed their kids,” said Gerding.

St. Vincent de Paul says even though it’s helped many so far this year, more need help. Gerding told Spectrum News 1 growing inflation is driving the need for help.

“With the economy, prices are up. As well as kids are out of school right now, so the need has increased for the summer,” she said.

The increased demand for services means Gerding’s role is changing within the organization. She will now oversee pantry work at several locations.

“I’ll be able to go out into the community and start targeting more donations, increasing awareness, those kind of things,” she said.

St. Vincent de Paul keeps shelves stocked as much as possible thanks to partners and others in the community.

“It’s really great because you get to see the community come out and really shine and be able to respond to this need. The only reason we’re able to keep up with this demand is because of this community,” Gerding said.

For more information on services offered or how to help St. Vincent de Paul, you can visit their website.