November 1, 2022

(Lexington, KY)  – Forcht Bank’s annual charitable food drive, “Stick a Forcht in Hunger” returns for its sixth year to help struggling food banks keep up with growing demand around the holidays. This decision comes as data continues to show a continued increase in groceries and other consumer staples.

“Food prices have risen 11.4% from August 2021 to August 2022, according to the most recent Consumer Price Index report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly every food item is now more expensive. Bread, for example, was 16.2% more expensive in August than a year ago; the price of eggs has increased 39.8%,” according to Forbes Magazine (

From November 7th to December 17th, Forcht Bank will have 26 public donation centers at their offices throughout Kentucky and Southern Ohio for community residents to donate nonperishable food items. Important to note, the food items donated at each location will remain in that respective market and given to a local food pantry. In the previous five years, Forcht Bank has collected over 100,000 nonperishable food items and donated more than $25,000 to local food pantries.

“As a community partner, more and more we are hearing from our customers about the direct impact that inflation is having on their daily lives,” said Tucker Ballinger, Forcht Bank President and CEO.  “This year more than ever, we are encouraging our employees and customers to help donate what they can to those less fortunate this holiday season.”

Local Forcht Bank markets will be donating food to the following organizations within their communities. To learn more about what each organization accepts and may be in greater need of, please visit their respective websites.
  • Barbourville – KCEOC Women’s Shelter
  • Burlington - GO Pantry
  • Campbellsville – Green River Ministries
  • Cincinnati – SEM Food Pantry
  • Corbin – Grace on the Hill Church Food Pantry
  • Grant County – Helping Hands of Grant County
  • Greensburg – Green County Ministerial Association
  • Lexington – God’s Pantry Food Bank
  • London – Redemption Church
  • Louisville – Southwest Area Ministries/Fairdale Baptist Church Food Bank
  • Richmond – God’s Pantry
  • Somerset – God’s Food Pantry of Somerset
  • Williamsburg – Mt. Pigsah Church Food Pantry
Forcht Bank is a Kentucky-owned community bank with approximately $1.5 billion in assets and 23 banking centers in 13 counties Kentucky and Ohio - Fayette, Jefferson, Boone, Grant, Madison, Taylor, Pulaski, Laurel, Whitley, Knox, Green and Hamilton.