January 3, 2023

(Lexington, KY)  – In a year where food banks saw an increase in demand from families struggling to put food on their tables, Forcht Bank’s annual charitable food drive, “Stick a Forcht in Hunger” stepped in to help meet that demand. In its sixth year, the food drive collected an all-time high – 26,745 non-perishable food items donated by employees, local businesses, and community citizens.  

All donations made to Forcht Bank markets will be donated locally to food banks and pantries.  Below is a list of distribution centers Forcht Bank and their customers were able to assist this year:
  • Barbourville – KCEOC Women’s Shelter
  • 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

“We put a large emphasis on financial literacy with local students throughout the year as we believe a strong financial understanding is a cornerstone to success in life,” said Tucker Ballinger, Forcht Bank President and CEO.  “Apart from that, I can’t think of a more impactful way we can support our communities and families that may be struggling right now. I’m incredibly proud of our banking team for their work this holiday season.”

From November 7th to December 17th, Forcht Bank offered public donation centers at 26 of their offices throughout Kentucky and Southern Ohio for community residents to donate nonperishable food items. As Stick a Forcht in Hunger has grown in popularity over the years, other community businesses had expressed interest in participating like LaRosa’s Pizzeria in Richmond and Lexington (KY).  

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.  www.forchtbank.com