River Cities Harvest received a 35,000-pound shipment of supplies last week from Kentucky Harvest.

“We have received a few things from Kentucky Harvest in the past, but never anything this big,” said RCH spokeswoman Amanda Gilmore. “Jim Fout and his wife, Helen, along with the Ashland Group Home, distributed it on Friday, starting about 8:30 a.m. at the Ben Williamson Industrial Supply Building on Greenup Avenue.

“Agencies came about every half-hour to get food, but there was so much of it we weren’t able to distribute all of it.” She said distribution would continue this week.

Local social service agencies, including Community Kitchen, Helping Hands, Safe Harbor, Shelter of Hope, Sparrows Nook, Salvation Army, Boyd County Food Pantry and the Ashland schools’ resource centers received nonperishable items including peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, apple juice and canned vegetables.

The donation was part of the “Millions in a Month” campaign established by Kentucky Harvest, which was founded in 1987 by Stan Curtis. The goal of the ambitious food collection is to raise more than 1 million pounds of food for the hungry within a month.

In March, the campaign raised a record-breaking 11 million pounds of food across the state.

“This wonderful donation means that many local people and families will have nutritional food to eat in the coming months,” Gilmore said. “River Cities Harvest greatly appreciates the donation and we will make sure it all gets put to good use.”

To donate to the Kentucky Harvest “Millions in a Month” campaign, call (800) USA-4FOOD or e-mail kyharvest@win.net.

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