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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, 2014
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
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PTXJR76

 

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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.

 

Conway, Comer, Grimes Encourage Kentuckians to Help Solve Hunger

 

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Frankfort, Kentucky – Attorney General Jack Conway, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and several state lawmakers spent the morning at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday rallying Kentuckians to join the fight against hunger.

According to the USDA, one in six Kentuckians is food-insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle.

General Conway kicked off the rally by encouraging all Kentuckians to work to solve hunger. “All of us have a role to play in solving hunger in Kentucky – government, charities, business, and individuals,” Attorney General Conway said. “My office is pleased to be doing its part by sponsoring the March Against Hunger campaign, a fundraising event involving private law firms that helps feed hungry children and families in our communities. Each year, the donations received through March Against Hunger help ease the uncertainty for struggling families and make a difference in the fight against hunger in Kentucky.”

Commissioner Comer encouraged Kentucky taxpayers to “check the box” for hunger relief. 2015 marks the second year that Kentucky state income taxpayers can donate a portion of their refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund. Administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the fund provides grants to nonprofits for the distribution of Kentucky-grown surplus agricultural commodities to low-income individuals.

“In a state with abundant natural resources, a strong agriculture industry, and a rich food history, no one should go to bed hungry,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “The Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund provides vital resources to nonprofits that help Kentuckians in unfortunate circumstances gain access to fresh, nutritious, local foods while at the same time providing Kentucky farmers a new source of income. I hope all Kentuckians will join me in donating a portion of your state tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund.”

The Kentucky Association of Food Banks’ Farms to Food Banks program helps farmers recoup losses for product that would not otherwise be sold because of cosmetic imperfections or overproduction. The produce is distributed to hungry Kentuckians throughout the state through the food bank network. It is fresh, healthy food that would otherwise go to waste.

In 2014, 373 Kentucky farmers from 66 counties were paid an average of $1,450 for the produce they provided. Over 3 million pounds of Kentucky-grown fruits and vegetables were distributed to struggling Kentuckians in all 120 counties rather than going to waste in the field. That is the equivalent of filling half a plate full of fruits and vegetables for 4.8 million meals.

"An astounding one in four children doesn’t always know where his or her next meal will come from,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Donating a portion of their tax refund is an opportunity for Kentuckians to help ensure their most vulnerable neighbors have enough healthy food to eat.”

In 2014, the first year for the tax check-off program, state income taxpayers donated $41,443 to the fund.

“The $41,443 grant from the tax check-off donations allowed us to fill half a plate full of fruits and vegetables for over 200,000 meals during last year’s growing season,” said executive director of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks Tamara Sandberg. “Our goal for 2015 is $60,000 in donations, which would provide enough produce for 300,000 meals.”

To raise awareness of the need among low-income Kentuckians and the opportunity to give to the trust fund, Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed February as Farms to Food Banks Month in Kentucky.

For more information, go to www.kafb.org.

About the Kentucky Association of Food Banks

The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is comprised of seven Feeding America food banks that reach all 120 counties of Kentucky and serve an estimated 1 in 7 of all Kentuckians annually. Last year, its members distributed 50 million meals in partnership with more than 800 charitable feeding agencies such as pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community, visit kafb.org.

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Volunteer of the Month - February

 

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Ms. Mary Bailey has been selected by Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, as our Volunteer of the Month for February. Mary first came to the Volunteer Center with a group of nurse leaders from Hardin Memorial Hospital. Ever since then, she has been committed to helping those who struggle with hunger by volunteering weekly. Mary is such a great addition to our volunteer base that supports our mission. We truly rely on caring individuals like Mary to provide food assistance across the 42 counties they serve.  

Mary Bailey (left), is presented with her Volunteer of the Month certificate by Amber Lyvers, Development Director for FAKH.

 

 

 

Washington County Community Action Works to Better Serve Community

 

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Click the video above to see the recent Washington Wellness food distribution.

 

Through the direction of Washington Wellness, a local wellness coalition, community agencies in Washington County are joining forces in hopes of better serving those in need in their area, including our partner agency Washington County Community Action. Their most recent effort brought the county judge executive, local health department, UK Cooperative Extension Service, Community Action Kentucky, and Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and countless volunteers together to deliver various food assistance programs to the residents of Washington County.

 

Mass distributions like the one that Washington County has established, allows community organizations to increase the quality and quantity of the services they provide. It also serves to educate those who need assistance on the types of programs, organizations, and resources that are available to them, information that many of them may not know.

 

To read more about Washington Wellness’s recent efforts click here!

 

 

 

 
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