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Give A Day For Hunger

 

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On April 12th, Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland hosted its first “Give a Day for Hunger” volunteer event. The idea for the event originated with Lori Jarboe and her son Nate, but quickly became more than they had imagined.

The Jarboe family has been actively involved in community service and giving back to those in need for several years. Nate and his family were familiar with FAKH’s BackPack Program, which provides children with a bag of food to take home over the weekends when school meals are not available, but when he learned that these children do not get any additional take home food over longer school breaks, he knew he needed to something.

Together with United Way of Central Kentucky and FAKH, Lori helped her son bring his vision and desire to help kids in Hardin County to life. Not only did they collect enough donations to fund an additional bag of food for those on the program in Hardin County to take home over spring break, but they created a day for those in the community to come out and help the cause as well. Thus, “Give a Day for Hunger” was created.

With help from UWCK, they encouraged those in the community to come out to our Volunteer Center and help pack the BackPack bags, the same types of bags that were distributed to those in need in Hardin County before spring break. The response was overwhelming. There were close to 100 volunteers that morning and a total of 2,952 BackPack bags were packed up over the course of the day.

The event was a huge success and we can’t thank Lori, Nate, UWCK, and everyone who was involved enough. Hopefully this is something we can continue in the future.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures from the event as well as the article from The News Enterprise. If you would like to make a donation to our BackPack Program or are interested in volunteering, you can call us at 270-769-6997 / 270-735-1407.

http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/volunteers-fill-food-bags-fight-hunger

 

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New PSA from Feeding America

 

Check out our latest PSA made available by Feeding America National. 

1 in 5 children in the United States struggles with hunger; yet, billions of pounds of food go to waste each year. Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks working to get food to those in need through food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. As a member of Feeding America, Feeding America Kentucky's Heartland is working to solve hunger in their community. To see how our organization and our wonderful volunteers are working together to feed those in need, check out our page on Facebook.

To find out more about the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, visit FeedingAmerica.org. Together we can solve hunger™.

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FAKH Recieves Funding From Bluegrass Pipeline

 

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland Receives Funding

from Bluegrass Pipeline

Elizabethtown, KY – Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, Inc. today announced the receipt of a grant for $10,000 from the Bluegrass Pipeline project which will be used to expand their BackPack Program in four of their 35 counties that currently sponsor the program. The BackPack Program provides school-aged children with a bag of 12-16 food items to take home each Friday during the school year. These items are meant to ensure these children have something to eat over the weekend when school meals are unavailable. The funding is part of a community grant program that’s available for counties that host the Bluegrass Pipeline.

Amber Lyvers, Development Director of Feeding America KY said, “Our vision is to make sure no person in our service area goes to bed hungry. We are grateful to the Bluegrass Pipeline for helping us achieve our goal and helping children and local families.”

“Bluegrass Pipeline is proud to support the Feeding America and the important work it does for the less fortunate,” said Scott Carney, local outreach coordinator for Bluegrass Pipeline. “The mission of our program is to identify and help fund projects that directly benefit the community. We are committed to being a strong member of the communities where we operate and look forward to providing continued support in the future.”

The grant program is designed to emphasize the company’s social responsibility on issues such as safety, environmental stewardship and community benefits. To that end, grants are awarded for a variety of projects including new equipment for first responders, wildlife habitat enhancement, conservation education, historic preservation and economic and community development.

 

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Pictured from left to right are Luke Webster, Project Representative for Bluegrass Pipeline, and Gary Miles, FAKH Executive Director.

 

Volunteer of the Month - March 2014

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, is pleased to announce that Ms. Jenny Verble has been selected as Volunteers of the Month for March.

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Pictured (from left to right) are Jordain Edmonds, Volunteer Center Warehouse Associate, Jenny Verble, and Eric Cecil, Volunteer Center Warehouse Manager.

 Jenny has been volunteering with FAKH for several months. She typically comes several times a week on the days she doesn’t have school. Jenny always comes in with a good attitude and is always willing to work, no matter what the task may be.

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, is pleased to announce that Ms. Linda Light and Mr. Scott Hill have been selected as Volunteers of the Month for February.

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Pictured (from left to right) are Scott Hill, Jordain Edmonds, Volunteer Center Warehouse Associate, Vicki Abshire, Volunteer Center Warehouse Lead, and Linda Light.

Linda and Scott started volunteering with FAKH in September of 2013.   We can always count on them to help us out several times each week, regardless of what else is going on. Despite the recent ups and downs of the weather, Linda and Scott have never missed a day of volunteering. Their hard work is greatly appreciated by everyone at FAKH.

- See more at: http://www.feedingamericaky.org/newsroom/179-volunteer-of-the-month-february-2014#sthash.OTmMY7Nm.dpuf
 

Volunteer of the Month - February 2014

 

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, is pleased to announce that Ms. Linda Light and Mr. Scott Hill have been selected as Volunteers of the Month for February.

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Pictured (from left to right) are Scott Hill, Jordain Edmonds, Volunteer Center Warehouse Associate, Vicki Abshire, Volunteer Center Warehouse Lead, and Linda Light.

Linda and Scott started volunteering with FAKH in September of 2013.   We can always count on them to help us out several times each week, regardless of what else is going on. Despite the recent ups and downs of the weather, Linda and Scott have never missed a day of volunteering. Their hard work is greatly appreciated by everyone at FAKH.

 

 
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