Donations feed those in need after Ky’s pantry burnt down.

LANCASTER, Ky. (FOX 56 / WKYT) – A day after a central Kentucky food bank was devastated by a fire, help arrived.

The fire destroyed their stockpile of food for distribution to residents of Garrard County, including 300 to 400 seniors on Monday, but others have stepped up to help.

The third Monday of the month is always a day to help hundreds of elderly people in this community, people who depend on this food to get by.

However, this aid could have been called into question after a fire swept through the Lancaster building. Police say this was intentionally installed and Debra Smalling, 60, was arrested and faces arson charges.

When the news got out of the fire, others rushed to help, including God’s Pantry food bank in Lexington which arrived on Monday morning with a large food truck. Seniors like Margie Causey feared the worst when she discovered the fire.

“What are people going to do? There are people who depend on it completely. They’re struggling, ”Causey said.

It is not only God’s pantry, individuals are helping too. We spoke to a woman who quit her job just to volunteer and she also brought bags and other supplies to put in the food.

The suspect was scheduled to appear in Garrard District Court on Monday morning. She remains in the Jessamine County Detention Center.

A GoFundMe has been set up to benefit the Garrard County Food Pantry.

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