Delaware retiree Kay Luman works hard to feed hungry families in Sussex County. She started the Ocean View Church of Christ Food Pantry more than a decade ago.
“The Lord just sort of placed on my heart that even though we’re in an affluent area, that there were people that probably needed it,” Luman recalled.
Members of the church donate, and Luman buys the food herself. She also gets companies like Mountaire to donate. Luman shares food, prayer and hope with all who need it.
“We don’t have any government restrictions,” she said. “We don’t ask for a lot of verification. We take people on their word. If they say they need the food, we believe them.”
So far, Luman’s food pantry has served 103 families to date.
Jay Lerch, who nominated Luman for a Jefferson Award, said of her, “She knows the family, the children, and makes sure everybody gets what they need to sustain themselves through the next pantry. It’s just been wonderful, and then the clothing that’s been donated.”
“It’s been a wonderful blessing for me as well,” Luman said.
About the Jefferson Awards
WBOC is proud to be a local partner of the Jefferson Awards, which are presented to unrecognized citizens on Delmarva who provide extraordinary public service. The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.
The 2020 Jefferson Awards are made possible through the support of our local sponsor, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.