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Fall 2016 Newsletter


Volunteers of the Month --- March




Congratulations to our March Volunteers of the Month, the LDS Missionaries! The Elders have been volunteering at FAKH since November 2015. Since then they have continued volunteering for several hours each week. The Elders always have a great attitude and bring a lot of fun to the Volunteer Center!

Thank you all for your dedication to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and all that you do in supporting hunger-relief efforts!


Walmart "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." Campaign to benefit FAKH



Public participation can result in potentially $3 million and 75 million meals to help Feeding America and member food banks – in just four weeks


Elizabethtown, KY (April 6, 2015) ­– Walmart this week launched the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign, a nationwide initiative calling on the public to take action in the fight against hunger. Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and other Feeding America member food banks across the country stand to benefit from up to $3 million in potential Walmart donations based on participation in the #WeSparkChange social media challenge. In addition, Walmart’s suppliers aim to donate enough to help Feeding America secure the equivalent of 75 million meals on behalf of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and other member food banks. Additionally, Walmart customers can make a donation to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland at the register during checkout. The campaign runs from April 6 through May 3, 2015.


The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign comes at a critical time, with one in six people in America struggling with hunger at some point during the year, according to the USDA. In addition, many food banks are facing the time of year known as the “spring hunger gap” when the food supply they rely on to help feed local families is often at its lowest level. Hunger is a nationwide problem with local implications in every community across the United States. Here in our 42 county service area, including yours, 1 in 6 people are struggling with hunger.


“We are thrilled about Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign and grateful for their ongoing commitment to fight hunger,” said Gary Miles, Executive Director of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland. “This spring’s campaign, in partnership with Feeding America, is critical to our collective ability to raise awareness about the issue, secure more local funds and, ultimately, provide greater access to more people in need in the 42 counties we serve. We hope people across central, south central, and western Kentucky will join us to fight hunger and spark change during this four-week campaign.”

To raise awareness and help provide meals to those in need, Walmart and six of its national suppliers -- Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Kraft, and Unilever -- are calling on customers to take action in store and online to generate support for Feeding America and its nationwide network of 200 food banks.


“At Walmart, we believe every family should have access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food, but this is not the reality for millions of Americans. An extraordinary 49 million Americans struggle with hunger and don’t know where their next meal will come from at some point during the year,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart sustainability. “This spring, we’re making it easy for our customers to give back to those in need in their local community by taking simple actions in store or sharing photos online. With the support of our customers and partnerships with our suppliers and Feeding America, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of member food banks, we can make a real difference for families facing hunger across the U.S.”


From April 6 through May 3, people can fight hunger and spark change in three ways:

#WeSparkChange Challenge: People can take a picture of six friends who share their commitment to fight hunger, representing the one in six people who face food insecurity in the U.S. Then, post the picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter as a public post with the hashtag #WeSparkChange. For each public post connected to the hashtag #WeSparkChange, Walmart will donate $10, up to a maximum donation of $1.5 million, to Feeding America on behalf of its member food banks. To help generate more donations, customers can post multiple pictures, tagging friends and challenging them to take their own photo within 48 hours. To kick-off the challenge, Walmart will make an initial donation of $1.5 million to Feeding America, with the goal of reaching a total donation of $3 million based on the public’s participation.

Participating Products: Walmart customers can purchase one of 240 participating products in Walmart stores nationwide and the supplier will make a donation to help Feeding America secure a meal on behalf of a local food bank. For every item purchased, Feeding America will help secure one meal on behalf of the local member food bank in that area.

Donations at the Register: For the first time, Walmart customers can make a donation on behalf of their local Feeding America food bank at the register during checkout.


This is Walmart’s 10th year partnering with Feeding America nationally to fight against hunger and the 2nd annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign. Last year, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and their BackPack Program benefited from the $60,000 dollars from Walmart’s campaign to fight hunger.

To learn more about the campaign, visit

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 About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


About Walmart 

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,270 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at Online merchandise sales are available at and


2nd Annual "Give A Day For Hunger"


Please join United Way of Central Kentucky and Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland for the 2nd Annual "Give A Day For Hunger" this April.

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In Hardin County alone, approximately 600 children rely on the Backpack Program to receive extra food on the weekends.
While spring break may be a time exciting vacations for some students, others will not know where their next meal is coming from if they are not being fed at school.  What happens to these children when school is not in session.

We need your help so we can send each of these children home with an extra bag of food to help them make it through spring break without going hungry.  Please join St. James students and volunteers from across Hardin County as United Way of Central Kentucky helps Feeding America replenish their vital supply of Backpack food bags for local children.

United Way of Central Kentucky is also looking for tshirt sponsors to help with this event.  If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Natalie Cubbage at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for sizes and pricing.

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015
starting at 9:00 AM EST

Where: Feeding America,
Kentucky’s Heartland Volunteer Center
300 Peterson Drive
Elizabethtown, KY

RSVP: Natalie Cubbage at 270-737-6608 or





Mary Cofer Trigg Fund Continues Supporting FAKH

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Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland is pleased to announce that we recently received a $10,000 grant from the Mary Cofer Trigg Fund. We have been supported by the fund for several years, but this year’s grant was the largest amount we have ever received. The $10,000 grant will be used to support the BackPack Program in Hardin County. This program provides a bag of take home food every weekend of the school year. The goal of the program is to provide assistance to children who struggle with hunger when school meals are not available. Currently, there are over 600 children supported by this program in Hardin County alone.

If you would like more information about this program, or would like to make a donation to help support the BackPack Program in your county, please visit our the DONATION PAGE  or contact our office at 270-735-1407.

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